The Beauty of Snow
John Pfahl’s Nursery Topsoil Pile (winter), Lancaster, NY reminds us that the piles of snow that build up next to streets and in parking lots after a big storm can be beautiful. The Burchfield Penney Art Center across the street from the Albright-Knox owns a different version of this photograph.
IMAGE: John Pfahl (American, born 1939). Nursery Topsoil Pile (winter), Lancaster, NY from the series “Piles,” 1994. Chromogenic color print, edition 6/25, 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Edmund Hayes Fund, 2001. © 1994 John Pfahl.

The Beauty of Snow

John Pfahl’s Nursery Topsoil Pile (winter), Lancaster, NY reminds us that the piles of snow that build up next to streets and in parking lots after a big storm can be beautiful. The Burchfield Penney Art Center across the street from the Albright-Knox owns a different version of this photograph.

IMAGE: John Pfahl (American, born 1939). Nursery Topsoil Pile (winter), Lancaster, NY from the series “Piles,” 1994. Chromogenic color print, edition 6/25, 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Edmund Hayes Fund, 2001. © 1994 John Pfahl.

Snow: A Mini-series (continued)
Norman Carton’s Winter Light, 1956, has a slight shimmer, reflective of the seasonal light of winter. Though this painting is from a bit later, in the late 1940s, Carton often painted cities shrouded in light, giving them a spectral, supernatural appearance.
IMAGE: Norman Carton (American, 1908–1980). Winter Light, 1956. Oil on canvas, 49 x 34 inches (124.5 x 86.4 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc., 1975.

Snow: A Mini-series (continued)

Norman Carton’s Winter Light, 1956, has a slight shimmer, reflective of the seasonal light of winter. Though this painting is from a bit later, in the late 1940s, Carton often painted cities shrouded in light, giving them a spectral, supernatural appearance.

IMAGE: Norman Carton (American, 1908–1980). Winter Light, 1956. Oil on canvas, 49 x 34 inches (124.5 x 86.4 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc., 1975.

Snow: A Mini-series (continued)

Sixty degrees was a nice reprieve in Buffalo yesterday, but we’re back to winter today with strong wind and blowing snow.

The fast-changing weather has us thinking of David Hockney’s portfolio “Weather Series,” which includes Snow (above left), Wind (above right), RainSunMist, and Lightning. In a clever twist, Wind depicts what look like posters of Snow, Rain, Sun, and Mist blowing in the—well, you get the idea.

IMAGES: David Hockney (British, born 1937). Snow and Wind from the portfolio “Weather Series,” 1973. Color lithographs with screen printing, edition 27/98. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charles W. Goodyear Fund, 1973.

Snow: A Mini-series
Emile Pierre Branchard’s stark snowy landscape Winter, 1928, was acquired in 1939 from the Gallery’s inaugural Room of Contemporary Art exhibition. Branchard was self-taught and only began painting seriously when he was about 30.
IMAGE: Emile Pierre Branchard (American, 1881–1938). Winter, 1928. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1939.

Snow: A Mini-series

Emile Pierre Branchard’s stark snowy landscape Winter, 1928, was acquired in 1939 from the Gallery’s inaugural Room of Contemporary Art exhibition. Branchard was self-taught and only began painting seriously when he was about 30.

IMAGE: Emile Pierre Branchard (American, 1881–1938). Winter, 1928. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1939.

Snow: A Mini-series
The snow falling outside the Albright-Knox today has inspired us to feature some of the snow-filled works in the Gallery’s Collection.
Alfred Stieglitz’s The Street, Fifth Avenue, 1896, was featured in the Gallery’s groundbreaking International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography (1910)—the first show organized by an American museum that aimed to elevate photography to an art form.
IMAGE: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). The Street, Fifth Avenue, 1896. Photogravure, 26 x 19 1/2 inches (66 x 49.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. General Fund, 1911. International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography catalogue number 427.

Snow: A Mini-series

The snow falling outside the Albright-Knox today has inspired us to feature some of the snow-filled works in the Gallery’s Collection.

Alfred Stieglitz’s The Street, Fifth Avenue, 1896, was featured in the Gallery’s groundbreaking International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography (1910)—the first show organized by an American museum that aimed to elevate photography to an art form.

IMAGE: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). The Street, Fifth Avenue, 1896. Photogravure, 26 x 19 1/2 inches (66 x 49.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. General Fund, 1911. International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography catalogue number 427.