As a tribute to Moscow’s coldest day of the season — this far, -25C by day, -30C by night — here’s the next installment of the Russians’ artistic tributes to glorious Winter.
Blessing of the Water on Baptism, by Boris Kustodiev. Baptism Frosts in Russia are legendary, so naturally this is when Russians jump into ice holes made in rivers, lakes and ponds for this High Holiday — by the thousands.
Winter, by Ivan Shishkin. One of my favorite winter paintings of all time, because of how true it is to real Russian forest.
Troika, Suzdal, by Veniamin Sibirsky. Troika is a Russian carriage or sled pulled by three horses. Suzdal is an ancient Russian town.
A Winter Dream, by Appolinary Vasnetsov.
Winter, by Isaak Brodsky. Cold and snow do not stand in the way of the Russians’ daily life.
Fairytale Frost with the Rising Sun, by Igor Grabar. Just like this morning.