Love of Winter

Women, children, and men are at a snow-covered open-air skating rink. People are skating, watching, or sitting. Mountains, trees and small houses can be seen in the background.
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  • Women, children, and men are at a snow-covered open-air skating rink. People are skating, watching, or sitting. Mountains, trees and small houses can be seen in the background.

Date:

1914

Artist:

George Wesley Bellows
American, 1882–1925

About this artwork

In January 1914, George Bellows wrote to a friend, “There has been none of my favorite snow. I must always paint the snow at least once a year.” Soon after, on February 13, a blizzard hit New York City, inspiring the artist to paint Love of Winter. Bellows is usually associated with the artists of the so-called Ashcan School, a group of urban realists active in the early twentieth century who communicated their enthusiasm for scenes of contemporary city life using thick, animated brushwork. Here Bellows enjoyed the challenge of representing snow, employing a palette knife to create varying degrees of texture in the built-up pigment.

Renowned for his rough-and-tumble images of boxing matches, the artist also excelled at landscapes and city views. Love of Winter depicts an energetic group of skaters and onlookers in what scholars believe to be a public park, although the scene could be a composite of both urban and rural sites. The crowd, comprising a range of ages and social classes, reflects the diversity of those that frequented the recreational places that still characterize New York. The painting also reveals the artist’s recent exploration of new theories that suggested color combinations based on musical notation. He employed a series of intensely saturated warm shades of red, orange, and yellow throughout Love of Winter, offsetting them with cool blue, green, and lavender tones. Broad, slashing brushstrokes convey movement, wind, and speed, enhancing the vigor of the composition.

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American Art

Artist

George Wesley Bellows

Title

Love of Winter

Origin

New York

Date

1914

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: "Geo Bellows"

Dimensions

81.6 × 101.6 cm (32 1/2 × 40 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1914.1018

Extended information about this artwork

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