Whenever autumn arrives, whether in a blaze of brilliant leaves or with subtle changes in the life cycles of flora and fauna, the season holds a special beauty. Natural-science illustrations combine art and science in the close observation of nature, and artwork from around the world and across time can capture the mood, color, and light of the fall season.
Untitled 1874, Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940. Smithsonian American Art Museum
October (cover illustration for Harper’s Magazine) William Clarke Rice, born Brooklyn, NY 1875-died New York City 1928
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Melvin S. Brotman
Vase carved in sugar maple burl, by Michelle Holzapel. Holzapfel associates vessels with spirituality. She remembers attending Mass as a child and being impressed by the presentation of the chalice, seeing it as the focal point of both the church and service. Her carved vessels capture this power and elevate simple forms to a higher level of importance. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995–2003) © 1993, Michelle Holzapfel
Frost painting autumn leaves, Takeuchi Keishu 1896. Robert O. Muller Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Make a cup of tea, sit back and soothe your soul with more views of the most soulful season at https://www.si.edu/spotlight/autumn
Posted: 5 November 2019