Winter in Switzerland by Jasper Francis Cropsey, 1861 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) is one of my favorite American painters. He was once of the so-called Hudson River School artists – nineteenth-century American artists who painted the then-undeveloped landscape of the adolescent United States. Cropsey is best known for his depictions of north eastern states such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, but his landscapes painted abroad are equally beautiful. While it’s not necessarily a Christmas painting, I love the serenity of the scene – the way the couple and their dog contrast so strongly against the white snow, and the tall cross drawing the eye up to the distant mountains and pale yellow sky.