Funny thing about winter landscape paintings: they tend to be very white. Not the best news for those of us who fall prey to the “winter blues.”
However, just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean we have to adopt snow-white and chimney-smoke-gray as our requisite color palette. It’s perfectly acceptable to embrace warm yellows and browns, vibrant reds, crisp blues, and… hot pink.
So if you’re the type who likes to change up your art and décor with the new season, here are five winter landscape paintings that fly in the face of snowy reason.
- Edvard Munch: You know him as the genius behind The Scream. But, in Thaw, 1906, he trades existential alarm for crisp air and rolling, snow-covered hills bleeding with warmth.
- Claude Monet: While Monet painted his fair share of dreary-ish winter scenes, his mastery of light and shadow is unsurpassed. However, in The Magpie, 1869, he surprises us with bold patches of scarlet red.
- Georgia O’Keeffe: Of course, Georgia is most famous for depicting the colorful internal organs of big, delicious flowers. But Black Door with Snow is a minimalist’s dream: simple and, at once, earthy and other-worldly evocative.
- Vincent Van Gogh: It’s hard to believe that the same man who painted The Potato Eaters is responsible for work that is so vibrant and alive. In Two Peasant Women Digging in Field with Snow, the warmth and energy is palpable.
- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: This man was no stranger to strong color, and we love him for that. But Winter Landscape in Moonlight, 1919, is next level. This freezing mountain scene strikes a beautiful balance between fiery hot and frigid hues. And, that pink…
It’s perfectly fine if your tastes run colder. In fact, there’s an entire Winter category full of the type of snowy scenes you’d expect. We just want you to have colorful (hot pink) options.