George Wesley Bellow, American, 1882-1925, Love of Winter, 1914. Oil on canvas 81.6 x 101.6 cm (32 1/2 x 40 1/2 in.). The Art Institute of Chicago Friends of American Art Collection.
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In January 1914, George Wesley Bellows complained in a letter, "There has been none of my favorite snow. I must always paint the snow at least once a year."
Bellows got his wish on February 13 when a blizzard blanketed New York City with fresh snow. He eagerly went to a pond in Central Park and began painting Love of Winter, in which he celebrated his favorite time of the year.
In the painting, notice how he uses bright and dark colors to contrast against the white snow and icy blue trees. Also notice how he skillfully "froze" people's actions on a two-dimensional canvas; how he captures the movement of a mother taking her daughter's hand, of a man lacing his skates, and of boys racing across the ice.
Now, write a poem about the people in the painting or the landscape. There's lots of people to choose from--from the women in the foreground to the cabin in the distance. Be sure to use adjectives to vividly describe the scene.
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