Like many people in Central Florida, I migrated from the north, northern Illinois to be exact. I was born in Aurora, and lived a good chunk of my life in Chicago. So I LOVE snow. When we would get blizzards coming off the great plains and swirling over Lake Michigan and hitting us again with lake effect, it was awesome. However, sad for me, most schools stayed open unless it was a Mass Extinction Event. Landscape With Snow takes me back.
But I have fond memories of walking to school through deep snow. We would build snow forts and have snowball fights. My teacher, Sister Mary Thaddeus, would join us. She threw a nasty snowball!
16″ by 20″ acrylic on canvas
in a natural Cedar frame
Van Gogh achieved a special atmosphere in this great painting. So much so that it was requested to be displayed at the White House. Sadly, all that came back was an insult. Art ought to be above politics, and thousands of DC visitors would have enjoyed it.
In Donald Trump’s role as President of the United States, he and First Lady Melania Trump asked the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to let them borrow Landscape with Snow to decorate the White House’s Executive Residence. The Guggenheim’s Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Nancy Spector, declined, offering America, an 18K gold toilet, by contemporary Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan instead. – Wikipedia
Landscape With Snow / Van Gogh 1888
The original was oil on a 15″ x 18″ canvas, so mine is slightly larger. I’ve never felt confident painting snow. It’s tricky and hard to paint. But it seems using blades instead of brushes worked this time. Pure luck! If ANY President or First Lady requests it, I will donate my version. But, alas, I know my art isn’t likely to bring in millions until decades after I am gone from this earth. I do it for the next generations of my family. 🙂 For now, it is on display in the entryway of KellGrace Salon.