Summer’s tapping out for another turn around the sun, and Autumn is poised to have its way with us. Maybe the weeks directly leading up to Winter’s freezing over of city pavements and inner hopes aren’t your thing, but I happen to fancy the mutable, wistful moments of Fall.
There’s a sort of fuzzily charged magic in the air, capable of convincing you anything’s spontaneously possible although end-of-the-year hibernation never’s been nearer. Colours shift and pop, the breeze shakes you awake and even the tube almost has the potential to start smelling all apple-cinnamony. Autumn is all right.
Plenty of celebrated painters would agree it seems, judging by the sublime record of works left to us that seek to capture the earthy essence of this most deciduous of seasons. Scroll on down below to delight upon an autumnal tour through art history at full tilt; there’s loads of vivid allegories, odes and abstract interpretations to get you through the brief attempts at daylight and long, nippy nights to come.
Emily Catrice

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Autumn, 1573

Antoine Watteau, Autumn, c. 1716

Rosalba Carriera, Autumn, 1725

François Boucher, An Autumnal Pastoral, 1749

Francisco Goya, Autumn, or The Grape Harvest, 1786-1787

Paul Cézanne, The Four Seasons: Autumn, 1861

Winslow Homer, Autumn, 1877

Édouard Manet, Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent), 1882

Alphonse Mucha, The Autumn, 1896

Henri Fantin-Latour, Autumn, 19th century

Maurice de Vlaminck, Autumn Landscape, 1905

Francis Picabia, Autumn Effect, 1905

Rik Wouters, Autumn, 1913

Alexej von Jawlensky, Autumn Sound, 1918

Paul Klee, Mountain Village (Autumnal), 1934

Milton Avery, Autumn, 1944

Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm, 1950

Erte, The Seasons, Autumn, 20th century

Peter Max, Four Seasons: Autumn, 20th century

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Autumn Climax, 1963

Patrick Caulfied, Still Life: Autumn Fashion, 1978

Ellsworth Kelly, Autumn (Red Curve), 1984

Eyvind Earle, A Touch of Autumn, 1996

cover image: Wassily Kandinsky, Study for Autumn, 1909

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