Spring interpreted by three centuries of artists

As an artist; the question arises – how can I talk about a subject, any subject, that has been discussed over and over again since the beginning of time, and make it beautiful and unique? Spring in particular strikes a chord within humanity as a whole because it is so meaningful. Ideas of life, beauty, and nature remade and reborn all come to mind when we think of spring. Over the past three centuries many styles of art have come and gone; leaving in their wake an interesting array of pieces depicting this amazing season.APS2182Spring (1838) by Cephas Giovanni Thompson [image source]

Thompson’s interpretation of Spring is fairly interesting considering that, at first glance, it seems like just another portrait. It really isn’t though. Look at her! She is the embodiment of Spring. A young maiden whose complexion is so wintery pale that the warm yellow light dancing across her features is a little shocking. It’s the personification of a flower blooming. Her Spring has begun.DP805904Spring (1888-90) by John William North [image source]

John North’s landscape is also reminiscent of early spring. Grass has begun to grow, while the tree limbs are still bare and the air still holds a slight hill. His use of sheep in the middle ground of the painting is a very traditional element of Spring.

1899-1900 Giverny in Spring oil on canvasGiverny in Spring (1899-1900) by Claude Monet [image source]

Monet’s depiction of Spring is lush and exciting. His impressionistic view of the world allows him to capture the color and movements of nature, as it breaks out of its shell and begins to sing.

03899e6badf35e02a2901dadaaf8b5d2Spring (1960s) by David Hockney [image source]

Oddly enough, David Hockney’s Spring takes on the rich qualities of Monet’s paintings without assimilating its colors and depth perspective. He seems to get his color inspiration from the Fauvists, rather than from nature itself. The purple soil and aqua blue trees are very psychedelic and fitting of a 1960s painter. He brings classical and modern practices together for a vivid retelling of Nature’s story around him.

spring-abstract-lenore-seniorSpring Abstract (2013) by Lenore Senior [image source]

Lenore Senior’s Spring Abstract captures the warmth and energy of the season without having to indicate organic forms. Instead, she concentrates on a harmony of colors, as they bounce off one another within the geometric structure of the piece.

As the earth changes, so do the faces of Spring. That’s good news for artists, since we will always have something new and interesting to inspire us!