Meissen in Winter

Here’s another nice 19th century painting to lift your spirits:Meissen in WinterIt’s a detail of a medium-sized painting called Meissen in Winter by the artist Ernst Ferdinand Oehme. Don’t know anything about the guy, even after following the Wiki link because the Wiki post is written in one of the many languages I don’t know (i.e. not English). But from what I could puzzle out, Oehme came from Dresden or lived in Dresden or died in Dresden. He was born in 1797 and passed from this earthly realm in 1855. Before his final moments, though, he managed to produce lots of oils including the canvas shown, if only in part, above.

To see the entire thing requires a journey to the same place that has the Spitweg painting shown below. MAM has no info about it on their website, so if you are disinclined to travel you must be satisfied with this mere glimpse.

I hope the sentimental scene — a little city shut tight under a chill winter night, the last few pedestrians straggling home — will boost the morale of those who are heartily sick of the season, at least as it manifests itself in northern latitudes. It’s not all bad after all. See? Twinkling stars in a cold-cleared sky. Gleaming snow relieving the darkness. Chimney smoke and bright windows with their promise of warm hearths. In the foreground a cloaked gentleman in a fur collar appears to pause briefly, like the fellow in the Frost poem, to appreciate the loveliness before hurrying on.

UPDATE: Here’s the sketch I did in my wee notebook back in the summer of ’08.

See? This is all you need to recall the image.

Other examples of gallerly sketching HERE and HERE.


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