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
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.