We have pretty much completed our journey through Russian seasons as reflected in the art of Russian classical painters, but I wanted to get in a few more beautiful winterscapes on the eve of Russian Orthodox Christmas. What I love about the Russian Winter is how diverse it can be: crispy white and muddy gray, severe and mild, somber and lively — all in the span of just a few days. Kind of like it’s been this year, as a matter of fact. Merry Christmas, everyone!
In Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, by Nikolay Dubovskoy.
Winter Landscape, by Ivan Aivazovsky.
Fresh Snow, by Stanislav Zhukovsky.
Rasputitsa (or, Sea of Mud), by Alexey Savrasov.
Winter Sunlight on the Hoar Frost, by Arkhip Kuindzhi.
February Azure, by Igor Grabar.