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NEW YORK WINTER PAINTINGS

Winter in NYC, circa late nineteenth century I love New York but have only ever been there in summer and am envious of people who make winter trips to see it in snow. So if you can’t make it there this year, here are some pictorial substitutes of New York looking very...

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PAINTINGS OF SNOW

My favourite snowy scenes I'm a complete sucker for snow - probably because I live in London where we never get enough to get tired of it and really experience the inconvenience it can bring if you have it for weeks! You can have a very romantic view of snow if you...

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HELEN MUSSELWHITE

Paper Illustrations by Helen Musselwhite All works below are reproduced by kind permission of the artist. For projects commissioned for commercial projects I'm not clear where copyright permission lies, so please be sure to check out all her work on her website to see...

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CHRISTMASSY PICTURES

My favourite wintry scenes for Christmas Not images of Christmas, specifically, but the cosiest paintings to enjoy when it's time to wrap up warm and stay inside! Enjoy.... Childe Hassam, Winter, Midnight, 1894. Hassam (1859-1935) was a prolific American Impressionist...

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WINTER THEMES: SNOWBALL FIGHT PAINTINGS!

Paintings of snowball fights (or, a history of the snowball)... The frost overnight was so heavy that it felt like walking on crunchy snow this morning. And I received my first Christmas card of the year, with a charming medieval image of a snowball fight from a Books...

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BRITISH FOLK ART

'British Folk Art' at Compton Verney • 27 September ∼ 14 December 2014 I love so-called 'folk art' - that created by untrained, non-professional artists - without always being sure entirely why. Possibly because I have a bit of a taste for the eccentric and individual...

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SEASONAL SKATING PAINTINGS

Ice Skating Paintings It’s the time of year when everyone seems to be booking tickets for those outdoor ice skatings venues, and at the same time I happened upon this wonderful painting by Sir Henry Raeburn from the 1790’s, which must certainly be one of the stars of...

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REMBRANDT’S CHILD PORTRAITS

'Child in a Tantrum' or 'The naughty child' and other Rembrandt drawings of children I love Rembrandt's brilliant sketches of different sorts of people, clearly made from life. There are some lovely ones of children. But this one (known as Child in a Tantrum) from...

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MANET’S ‘LE PRINTEMPS’

Edouard Manet's Le Printemps (SPRING)     This portrait painting by Manet called Le Printemps ('Spring') from 1881 has just fetched an astonishing $65.1 at Christie's in New York. The flowery portrait which depicts the actress Jeanne Demarsy was to have been part of a...

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