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 major blizzard hit New York City, inspiring the artist to paint Love of Winter. He used bright reds, yellows, and greens to intensify the winter scene and broad, slashing brushstrokes to convey movement, wind, and speed. The energetic group of skaters and onlookers, composed of people of a range of ages and social classes, reflects the diverse populations who enjoyed the public parks and the leisure activities they offered in early 20th-century New York City.

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

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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