Thursday, February 25, 2010

snow in new york

Snow Storm in New York, Robert Henry 1902

We are in the midst of another snow storm in New York.

I wonder how they maneuvered with horse and buggy and long billowy skirts.
No four wheel drive, no cell phone to call ahead to tell them of your delay.
I would love to go back in time to wear a muff, and travel in horse and buggy and paint with the Ashcan School of Painters during this snowy day in New York.

38 comments:

Sarah said...

I love this, so pretty. Would look perfect in my entry! Thanks for sharing. :)

The Zhush said...

oooh, me too!

Dana Chabino said...

Man what an AWESOME Painting! Think you nailed this one! Even the style matches the time period. Love it!

Dana

vir beātum said...

This reminds me of my favourite painting, Goeneutte's Boulevard de Clichy sous la neige, of which I remind myself every time I am given to curse the latest white deluge. How can something that inspires such beauty also be the cause of so much misery and complaint?

pve design said...

Dana,
look again - that is not my work, but I could paint it.
pve

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I adore Robert Henry's pieces. It makes me want to go back to painting Impressionistic scenes as I did years ago. Ahhh, so romantic this is. I have always wanted to time travel, we should go together!

Kwana said...

Love the painting but now snow please go away. Please.

ColeAndJosephine said...

I am so glad I was born in modern times! I love air conditioning, antibiotics, computers, and electric coffee makers. It's the best!

Oh, and standard indoor plumbing. Another great.

AB HOME Interiors said...

Oh goodness. Can you imagine trying to get around in all that slush with those skirts? What a daunting task to maneuver and not fall. But the painting is just gorgeous

Dana Chabino said...

Your right I looked before I leaped, or leaped before I looked. I apologize!
It's still a nice painting though. But I'm sure your's would be just as great!!

Simply Mel said...

Sean and I both often daydream of the late 1800's where artists were such bohemian souls!

the NEO-traditionalist said...

What a lovely painting! It makes a bitter, cold snowstorm seem so romantic...sigh.

Hamptontoes said...

I love all artwork depicting NYC! This is a great one! Although, I agree with the above...I too love modern day amenities and medicine! Enjoy the weekend!

two hippos said...

a fabulous painting! The idea of gliding in a long skirt with a fur muff is wonderful.

Debra said...

I could so live back in the day- style-wise anyway. I gorgeous muff for each cloak-horse and buggy. Sort of Dr. Zhivago- one of my favorites. We have avoided snow for weeks now... but the rains are really coming down.

littlebyrd said...

What a beautiful painting. A snow storm sounds pretty cozy! Enjoy :)

The Buzz -Diane James Home said...

I totally agree and that painting certainly captures the mood of today. I wonder if they had "snow days" back then?

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

More snow. Wow.
Oh, I still wear a muff!!

Nadine @ BDG said...

I wish my snow looked so picturesque! Right now I'm waiting for Monet's Waterlilies.

Renae said...

That is a beautiful picture. Stay warm, make some good hot chocolate!

Michelle said...

Love the use of light and the mood of this piece. I hope it clears up by the end of March in NYC...I'll be spending a couple of days there :)

Meg said...

one of my favorite paintings (again)! you can almost feel the snow swirling. love your aethestic take on the world ... and for the polar (ha) opposite, look at one of David Hockney's pool paintings. thanks Patricia!

Oliveaux said...

How did they survive! Gorgeous painting...ax

Camille said...

It seems that there were more people out and about in the 1902 snow storm than there were when I was there for the storm 2 weeks ago! And yet people had more to lug around with them back then. A beautiful painting. Robert Henry is one of the greats, I think.

Karena said...

I don't know...Ireally don't see how you could possibly keep anything clean!
Karena

The Blushing Hostess said...

It is entrancing, this painting.

I would be willing to give a try with you for and hour or so with the underestanding that when we reached the whining portion of our experience, I would be allowed to return to my heated seats!

Hope you are well!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Or maybe just stay in and have someone bring you a cup of tea. Or three.

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

it hasn't stopped. it looks beautiful (for now:)

Deidra said...

This winter in Nebraska has got me wondering about those pioneers. I realize that if this winter were happening one hundred years ago, many would not survive it. And so, in spite of the snow, I'm grateful for heat and a roof and automobiles and down parkas and flannel sheets.

Have a cozy weekend!

Barbara said...

Henri captured only the NYC snow scene but the (mountains) -- brownstones and buildings, too. Snow covered stoops. The past few winters did not happen -- now we have winter.

Marija said...

Right up my alley - the painting, not the snow, buggy, carriage, et al. Please do paint something like this for us to admire. Something about the subdued tones is so soothing! Marija

Tara said...

Hi P:

I was watching on the news that we are close to beating the record breaking winter of 1888 with all of our accumulation...no school again, maybe we'll still be there in July??

*Chic Provence* said...

Nice...makes you wonder where the painter was standing when he painted this! :)

It does convey a true sense of chilly dampness and very short days..

Can spring be far behind?

xx
Kit

red ticking said...

i can only imagine how tired you all are of winter... just remember spring is right around the corner... xoxo happy sunday..

Maria Killam said...

OMG I'm coming there in a mere 2 weeks, what will it be like?

LindsB said...

ugg the snow- I have had enough of it already. snow and rain go away please!

victoria thorne said...

This sky is perfection. (As is the image of horse, buggy and any billowy skirt that you might choose wear...) Stay warm (easier these days, yes?).

Summer is a Verb said...

If anyone can resurrect the muff it's you! I'll be sure to follow suit...XXOO