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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