Here in Minnesota feelings about snow range from awe to awful depending on where and how you are viewing said snow.  We all know the incredible beauty of a snow flake, but seldom does that cross our minds when “the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle” is covering cars, walkways and driveways.  That ordinary miracle is sometimes left for artists to contemplate light dancing on snowflakes making snowfall magical.

Claude Monet is best known for the magic he saw and depicted of water lilies; however, he spent the winter of 1885 in Norway painting snowbound scenes of farmhouses in different kinds of lighting and winter weather. Monet’s Norwegian landscapes are some of the most striking works contained in the exhibition “Impressionism and the North.”

While the adventurous Frenchman traveled to Norway mainly to experience snow, Monet initially found it to be too much of a good thing. He wrote, “This country is undoubtedly infinitely more beautiful without snow, or at least when there isn’t so much of it.” His inability to ski also frustrated his effort to find beautiful landscapes.

Still intrigued despite his disappointment in Denmark, Monet painted 140 snowscapes.  Snow-covered winter landscapes were probably the ultimate challenge for the impressionism artist concerned primarily with light and color.  My favorite is The Magpie pictured here.

The Magpie created by Monet during the winter of 1868-1869

The Magpie created by Monet during the winter of 1868-1869 near Normandy

I find myself pulling over and snapping photos of snow-covered trees, grasses bent low with snow and ice. Are you a fan of the winter landscapes, made beautiful one snowflake at a time?

Would love for you to show some of your snow photos in the comment section.