Hendrick Avercamp, “Winter Landscape with Iceskaters” (c. 1608) (image from rijksmuseum.nl)

New York City was originally a colony of the Dutch, so maybe it’s no coincidence that the aftermath of Sunday and Monday’s storm put me in mind of some Netherland Baroque landscapes. Here’s Hendrick Avercamp’s 1608 “Winter Landscape with Iceskaters”.

Click through for some more of my favorite winter pictures.

Catherine Opie’s Ice Houses

Catherine Opie, “Untitled (Icehouses)” (2001) (image from guggenheim.org)

Catherine Opie’s documentary photos of fishermen’s makeshift icehouses perched precariously on a horizon split between white sky and white snow are chilling enough on their own.

Childe Hassam’s Boston Common in the Snow

Childe Hassam, “Boston Common at Twilight” (1885) (image from mfa.org)

To me, this is the classic painted image of Boston that sits in my mind every winter. Strolling around the Common in the snow, the twilight lit only by periodic lampposts. Just beautiful.

David Hammons’ Snowball Sale

David Hammons, “Bliz-aard Ball Sale” (1983) (image from tate.org)

For this piece, the artist stood on a sidewalk in Harlem and sold snowballs whose prices depended on their size, a conceptual gesture that commented on commodity culture. Also, it’s fun, and super winter-y.

Any other works that just scream snow to you? Leave them below, I’d love to collect some more.

Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka was senior editor at Hyperallergic. He is a cultural critic based in Brooklyn and has contributed to publications including ARTINFO, ARTnews, Modern Painters, LA Weekly,...

6 replies on “Commemorating the Blizzard’s Aftermath…”

    1. Love this one, I totally forgot about it. Probably the coldest painting ever. For comment readers, this is: Caspar David Friedrich’s “The Sea of Ice” from 1824

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