Thursday, 16 February 2012

'Hollow in the Snow' by Armand Guillaumin

'Hollow in the Snow' (1869) by Armand Guillaumin; Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Yesterday I decided not to post a painting of a wintery scene by Karl Friedrich Lessing. But today I found an Impressionist painter, Armand Guillaumin, and this lovely serene painting of a winter landscape. I had never heard of this artist who was born as Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin on February 16, 1841. He was probably one of the least known of French Impressionist painters. In 1861, he enrolled in the Académie Suisse where he became acquainted with Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro and developed a lifelong friendship with both of them. Edgar Degas and Claude Monet were not really impressed by his work that was marked by a passion for colour. Guillaumin became friends with Vincent van Gogh and spent some time in The Netherlands. The painting of today is a bit devoid of colour since the white of the snow is the most dominant feature. But I love the subtle use of sunlight in this painting which makes it a very friendly and serene scene. Where is the woman off to, all by herself, I wonder?

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