“Sleigh bells ring / Are you listening / In the lane / Snow is glistening / A beautiful sight / We're happy tonight / Walking in a winter wonderland.” ‘Tis the season of snowy landscapes, snuggly sweaters, celebrating the holidays, and staying warm by the fire—all depicted in these works from the Met’s collections.
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). The Kiso Mountains in Snow, dated 8th month of the Snake year, 1857. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1914 (JP66) | This landscape was executed by Hiroshige just one year before his death as part of a set of three triptychs on the theme known as setsugetsuka (a compound term made up of the words for snow, moon, and flowers). #snow
Alvin Langdon Coburn (British, 1882–1966). The Octopus, 1912. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.13) | Couched in the soft velvety nap of the platinum paper, composed in the languid lines of Art Nouveau, and softly focused, this photograph of New York's Madison Square employs many elements of Pictorialism at its best. #newyork #photography #snow
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806). Geisha Walking through the Snow at Night, ca. 1797. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP1665) | A geisha walks with an umbrella in a snowstorm, accompanied by a male attendant carrying a lantern and a lacquered black box containing her musical instrument, a shamisen. It is a dreamlike scene. The snow is falling thick and fast, but there is no indication of snow on the ground. #snow
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Sumida River in the Snow, from the series, 1834. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 (JP2503) | Snow falls all over the surface of the print, effectively sealing off the world in the picture. The dreamlike impression also extends to the indefinite border between the river and sky. #snow
Hamilton King. Skating Girl, from the series "Hamilton King Girls" (T7, Type 6), issued by Turkish Trophies Cigarettes, 1913. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 242, T7-6.9)
Accessory, first quarter 20th century. Probably French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Frederick H. Prince, Jr., 1967 (2009.300.1573) | The foot warmer was an essential accessory to winter travel in an unheated or open carriage or automobile.
Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, second half of the 16th century. Japan; Momoyama period (1573–1615). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mrs. Jackson Burke and Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation Gifts, 1987 (1987.342.1, .2)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849). Poem by Minamoto no Muneyuki Ason, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki), ca. 1835. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 (JP2552) #snow