Summer is once again, coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. September is not only a great month for this seasonal transition, but it gives us all a chance to appreciate those warm colors that represent fall time.
First off, what are seasons, exactly?
Seasons describe the change in weather, the relationship between objects within nature and the hours that take up our day. The actual motion that is to blame for change of seasons is, the earth rotating around sun.
Even though the change of seasons may give our allergies a run for its money, these major changes allow us to see the beautiful colors and changes we identify with each season.
During the time period of 1660 and 1664, a French painter named, Nicolas Poussin, painted his last piece. His last set included four pieces that each focused on one of the four seasons.
Poussin’s last piece reflected the philosophical meaning of the word, seasons. Seasons are seen as the order of the natural world. Since this artist was dying while he created “The Four Seasons” piece, has an amazing meaning and shows how seasons can describe any mood.
Aside from the reflective meaning “The Four Seasons” has, it displays classical antiquity, which is broad time in the ancient, Greco-Roman world. This time period has been given credit when it comes to the evolution of philosophy, science and art.
Poussin used the Old Testament and Christian beliefs as he painted this piece. The Fall season was depicted as, “somber, yet faithful.”
Versus and stories from the Old Testament where used in each season. For example, for fall the image was Israelite spies returning grapes to the land of Canaan. This specific piece is filled with green and brown tones, as well as a blue sky, to reflect the transitional period this season goes through.
“The Four Seasons” piece by Poussin can be found in its own room at The Louve.
I hope everyone enjoys this fall season and takes full advantage of all the things it has to bring the world!