About this artwork
In January 1914 George Bellows wrote to a friend, “There has been none of my favorite snow. I must always paint the snow at least once a year.” Soon after, on February 13, a major blizzard hit New York City, inspiring the artist to paint Love of Winter. He used bright reds, yellows, and greens to intensify the winter scene and broad, slashing brushstrokes to convey movement, wind, and speed. The energetic group of skaters and onlookers, composed of people of a range of ages and social classes, reflects the diverse populations who enjoyed the public parks and the leisure activities they offered in early 20th-century New York City.
- George Wesley Bellows
- Love of Winter
- New York (Object made in)
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower right: "Geo Bellows"
- 81.6 × 101.6 cm (32 1/2 × 40 1/2 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection