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Love of Winter by George Wesley Bellows

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.

Look at this!

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. 

Create it!

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.

Write a poem about this art. Click here to write.

Poems

Title:

Buetiful Thing

Name:

Madison

Hometown:

Killen Al.

Age:

11

Title:

A Bitter Cold Winter

Name:

Ciara Thomas

Hometown:

Miwaukee,WI

Age:

11

Title:

broooooooooo

Name:

Danielle S.

Hometown:

milwaukee

Age:

13

Title:

such discovery

Name:

donshae

Hometown:

houston

Age:

7

Title:

lovely weather

Name:

kimora

Hometown:

houston

Age:

7

Title:

White Christmas

Name:

Katie

Hometown:

killeen

Age:

10

Title:

Winter Fun

Name:

Sammy

Hometown:

Hill City SD

Age:

12

Title:

Snowy Mountains

Name:

Courtney

Hometown:

Sioux Falls

Age:

11

Title:

Snowy lands

Name:

Jake

Hometown:

Hill City, South Dakota

Age:

12

Title:

Little stars

Name:

David

Hometown:

Hill City

Age:

12

Title:

the snow

Name:

Garrison

Hometown:

hillcity sd

Age:

13

Title:

a winters day

Name:

molly

Hometown:

hillcity

Age:

11

Title:

Cheerful Children

Name:

Heather

Hometown:

Hill City

Age:

11

Title:

Snow days

Name:

Anna

Hometown:

Age:

11

Title:

Paradise

Name:

Woodlin

Hometown:

Deadwood SD

Age:

11

Title:

winter

Name:

Tori

Hometown:

HillCity sd

Age:

11

Title:

ice over the lake

Name:

kristi

Hometown:

hill city

Age:

11

Title:

Christmas is love

Name:

Sydney

Hometown:

Hill City

Age:

11

Title:

Name:

Bailey

Hometown:

Hill City

Age:

12

Title:

white snow

Name:

Zach

Hometown:

Hill City, South Dakota

Age:

12

Title:

snow snow snowy

Name:

shawn

Hometown:

hill city

Age:

11

Title:

The Snowy Day

Name:

Ariana

Hometown:

Mexico

Age:

12

Title:

Icey cold snow

Name:

Madison

Hometown:

Hill city

Age:

12

Title:

Frozen

Name:

Karen

Hometown:

Canada

Age:

11

Title:

snowy snow snow

Name:

Yvette

Hometown:

phoenix

Age:

11

Title:

let it snow

Name:

Bailey

Hometown:

eden

Age:

10

Title:

Love Of Winter

Name:

Kazi

Hometown:

United States of America

Age:

9

Title:

Snowy Day

Name:

Grace

Hometown:

Appleton city, MO

Age:

8

Title:

For I Love Snow

Name:

Ethan

Hometown:

Appleton City

Age:

8

Title:

Winter Fall Down

Name:

Robert

Hometown:

Appleton City

Age:

9

Title:

The Cold Winter Day

Name:

Wyatt

Hometown:

Appleton City,MO

Age:

8

Title:

snow

Name:

brett

Hometown:

Apletoncity

Age:

9

Title:

Winter`s Coldest Day

Name:

Andrew

Hometown:

Appleton City

Age:

8

Title:

A blur of brightness

Name:

hayden

Hometown:

kent

Age:

13

Title:

Snowy Day

Name:

Cody

Hometown:

Appleton City

Age:

8

Title:

WINTER SNOW

Name:

Hometown:

Age:

Title:

super winter!!!

Name:

roxana hernandez

Hometown:

arlington

Age:

10

Title:

people gather around !

Name:

bethany

Hometown:

pleasant grove (alabama)

Age:

nine

Title:

A Sunday Winter Evening

Name:

Patty

Hometown:

Rena, LasVegas

Age:

7

Title:

LOVE

Name:

Dianna

Hometown:

charlotte

Age:

17

Title:

snow

Name:

Tatum

Hometown:

wilmington

Age:

11

Title:

gold

Name:

syvannah

Hometown:

millwakee

Age:

9

Title:

"snow walk snow talk"

Name:

dulcedeleche

Hometown:

miami

Age:

13

Title:

Winter All-Around

Name:

Mia

Hometown:

Sayama

Age:

9

Title:

Coloney of snow

Name:

Steve

Hometown:

Shipbottom LBI

Age:

10

Title:

Glistening Snow

Name:

Skyler

Hometown:

Kansas City

Age:

5

Title:

Snowy Day

Name:

Justin

Hometown:

Houston

Age:

8

Title:

Winter Wonderland

Name:

Ashley

Hometown:

Buffalo

Age:

9

Title:

Sledding

Name:

Bebe

Hometown:

Age:

12

Title:

Love with snow

Name:

jake

Hometown:

orange

Age:

7

Title:

SLEDDING IN WINTER

Name:

morgan

Hometown:

orlando

Age:

9

Title:

Snow

Name:

Cressida

Hometown:

New Malden

Age:

8

Title:

Please Come Down, Snow!

Name:

Ani

Hometown:

West Haven

Age:

11

Title:

Winter

Name:

Kallista

Hometown:

Illinois

Age:

9

Title:

Lost But Not Forgotten

Name:

Lindsay

Hometown:

Newton

Age:

13

Title:

Snow Everywhere

Name:

Christian

Hometown:

Fresno

Age:

11

Title:

Winter 's Day

Name:

Angel

Hometown:

Woodhaven, NY

Age:

9

Title:

Hurrah for Winter

Name:

Yuyan

Hometown:

Vancouver

Age:

nine

Title:

Snow

Name:

Yuyan

Hometown:

Vancouver

Age:

nine

Title:

Snow is Everywhere

Name:

Mei Ling

Hometown:

Hong Kong

Age:

9

Title:

Wonder Winter

Name:

Yuyan

Hometown:

Vancouver

Age:

nine

Title:

Winter

Name:

Isaac

Hometown:

Larimar

Age:

11

Title:

Homeless and the Breeze

Name:

Amir

Hometown:

Saint Albans

Age:

9

Title:

Beauty

Name:

Chichi

Hometown:

Guang Zhou

Age:

9

Title:

Snow-capped Mountains

Name:

Jadelyn

Hometown:

Vermontville

Age:

10

Title:

The Frosty Christmas Eve

Name:

Holly

Hometown:

Brighton

Age:

9

Title:

Winter is Here

Name:

Mehajabeen

Hometown:

Coventry, UK

Age:

10

Title:

Beauty

Name:

Chichi

Hometown:

Guang Zhou

Age:

9

Title:

Christmas Eve

Name:

Akira

Hometown:

Hampton

Age:

12

Title:

Snowy Dreams

Name:

Megan

Hometown:

Camlachie

Age:

ten

Title:

godlight

Name:

Manish

Hometown:

Delhi

Age:

12

Title:

Watch, Listen, Learn

Name:

Jessi

Hometown:

Lapoint

Age:

12

Title:

Wonderland

Name:

Sarah

Hometown:

Age:

13

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