Famous Winter Scenes

Winter is coming…

And as the temperature plummets to subzero in the Northern Hemisphere, we take a look at wintry paintings. Some of which, were the subject of an article titled “15 Of The Best Snow Scenes In Art,” published by The HuffPost Arts & Culture in December 2013. The article soon “snowballed”, popping up in other online news publications. We tracked the images below, that represent paintings by some of the art canon’s most revered artists and watched how they spread over time.

“The Hunters in the Snow,” Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565

The Hunters in the Snow,” Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565. Oil on, 117 cm × 162 cm (46 in × 63¾ in). Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Source: Wikipedia

Since 2008, the image has spread on the Internet, appearing on 1071 websites and 4699 unique pages. In this case, we can see that The Huffington Post also later used the image in November 2015.

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“Night Snow at Kambara,” 1833, Utagawa Hiroshige

Night Snow at Kambara,” 1833, Utagawa Hiroshige. Wood-block print, reproduction from a miniature edition. Source: Wikipedia

Here, you can see that Hiroshige’s image was used on Pitchfork’s website in January 2014. The analytics showed that the image had appeared 493 websites, many of which were music platforms. After digging slightly deeper, it became apparent that the band Weezer had used an appropriated version of the image for the artwork on their album Pinkerton in 1991.

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“Landscape in the snow, Arles,” 1888, Vincent van Gogh

Landscape in the snow, Arles,” 1888, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Source: Wikipedia

This image is one of the most widely used for replica posters sold in online marketplaces. While appearing on pictify.com and allposters.com, naturally, the analytics also pulled up the home of the original painting at the The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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“Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth,” 1842, JMW Turner

Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth,” 1842, JMW Turner. Oil on canvas,
Tate Gallery, London. Source: Wikipedia

Turner’s iconic steam boat painting is housed at the Tate, London, and its image appeared on the Internet on 557 websites, including the Independent in April 2015.

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“The Abbey in the Oakwood,” 1810, Caspar David Friedrich

The Abbey in the Oakwood,” 1810, Caspar David Friedrich. Oil on canvas, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin / Bridgeman images. Source: Wikipedia

This painting by Caspar David Friedrich is often used to accompany pieces about Halloween and gothic Christmas’. Here, it was featured in an article by art critic Jonathan Jones on the Guardian website in May 2014.

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