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Bill_I_Am

Sublime it is, Stephanie.

You're right, Pat. When I lived in Denver and went to college in western Colorado I loved driving over the mountains in winter during a full moon. It was beautiful and as you say almost like daylight amid all the snow.

patw

When you referred to the light being " scattered about by the snow," I remember how on very cold nights with a full moon the light is so strongly reflects off the snow it is close to daylight.

themagicofhands

@Bill_I_Am @patw Thanks for hunting down the title, Bill! This time of year I seem to turn to Russian, Ukrainian, and Scandinavian painters for their deep understanding of this season. And I feel like I get an education in color with puzzles. This one is fascinating to me, because the colors are actually very warm, even the purples. The warmth seems to create tension in the painting. Even as we are certain that it is very cold, we are warmed by that magical bit of last light, which is bent by the atmosphere and scattered about by the snow. Sublime.

Bill_I_Am

Stephanie, you bet I do! And I also love this painting. Such a compelling mood to it. It's superb! It's called "Winter Sunset."

Artist: Mikhail Guermacheff (Ukrainian, 1867–1930)
Title: WINTER SUNSET
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 53 x 63.5 cm. (20.9 x 25 in.)

As a former resident of Buffalo, Pat is more of a connoisseur of snow than I am. But Mikhail Guermacheff seems to know a bit about it as well. Nearly all of his paintings on artnet feature snow.

http://www.artnet.com/artists/mikhail-guermacheff/

It's funny, as I was solving this I was musing about how much our eyes (brain) determine what we see. In pieces, this snow looked like cafe au lait. But when assembled into a coherent picture we have no trouble understanding that we are seeing white snow. Isn't that a curious thing!?

Thanks!

patw

I certainly do. :-) I also understand why you love this painting.

themagicofhands

I really really love this painting. It catches such an ephemeral light, plus the wheel tracks and footprints in the snow, the dark horizon, and golden reflections. Just mmmm. I wonder, @Bill_I_Am , do you consider this a believable snow?

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