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Some Old-Fashioned Christmas Paintings and Christmas Pictures for Art Lovers This Holiday

Amanda is a keen artist and art historian with a particular interest in 19th-century art, especially the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Brita as 'Iduna' by Carl Larsson

Brita as 'Iduna' by Carl Larsson

Carl Larsson and His Model Family

The Christmas holiday is a special, magical time of year, and the images in art that best conjure up that warm, cosy feeling of anticipation and celebration are often those that have been around a long time and have somehow imprinted themselves on our sub-conscious. Carl Larsson's wonderful illustrations offer some of the best known and best-loved images of childhood, and this watercolour drawing of Carl Larsson's daughter Brita dressed for the Christmas holiday is no exception. It was designed for the title page of the 1901 Christmas edition of 'Idun', and is an engaging example of Larsson's joy-filled, cheerful art.

Brita was the fifth child of Carl Larsson, and she and her six siblings frequently featured in his paintings and illustrations.

Dressed Up For Christmas by Kate Greenaway

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Image courtesy of Wiki Commons

Dressed Up For Christmas by Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway (1846–1901) created many similar sweet images of young children during her career as an illustrator in Victorian England. This is a particularly nice example of her work, and it was produced in watercolour over pencil, with some traces of gouache or bodycolour.

'Decorating the Christmas Tree' by Marcel Rieder, 1898

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Christmas in America by Alphonse Mucha (1919)

Christmas in America by Alphonse Mucha (1919)

Christmas in America by Alphonse Mucha (1919)

Mucha's Christmas in America

The famous Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha, visited America on seven separate occasions, and this painting dates from his final trip. The young woman in the painting is holding a 'Christingle' apple together with a candle and nuts, an old European tradition symbolising the Christian Christmas story. This picture shares the same symbolism as Carl Larssens's painting of his daughter Brita at the top of this article.

Mucha has given his model a chaplet of evergreens to decorate her hair, heralding the promise of nature's renewal after the hardship of Winter.

The Angel by Edward Burne-Jones

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Burne-Jones's Breathtaking Pre-Raphaelite Angel

Edward Coley Burne-Jones painted many Angels, and this beautiful example is typical of his style. Willowy, ethereal women often featured in his work, and the far away look in their eyes evokes a feeling of mystery, and sometimes sadness.

This painting of an angel was executed in oil on board and may be seen in the Glasgow Museum of Art in Scotland.

Christmas morning 1894 by Carl Larsson

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A Swedish Family Christmas

This painting from 1894 features five of the Larsson children at play with their holiday gifts. The interiors in Larsson's work are all based on his own home, and they have a distinctive Swedish feel to them.

The children seem very pleased with their new toys!

Under the Christmas Tree by Franz Skarbina 1892

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An Impressionistic Christmas

What a gorgeously Impressionistic work this is! Franz Skarbina's evocative work was painted in 1892 and hangs in the Stiftung Stadtmuseum in Berlin. The seated dollies certainly have a fine view of the candle-lit tree, and the subtle lights reflect beautifully on the little girl's white dress, as she shows off the tabletop nativity scene to the baby.

The Shepherds Adoration of the New-Born Baby Jesus

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Beautiful Crib Scene by Murillo

Bartolome Murillo painted this moving crib scene in the 17th century. Mary shows her new-born son to the admiring shepherds. Very gently she supports her son, and the tender expression on her face is tinged with awe as though she is already anticipating great things from him.

The Christmas Tree by Albert Chevallier Tayler, 1911

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Image courtesy of Wiki Commons

The Christmas Tree by Albert Chevallier Tayler

Albert Chevallier Tayler (1862–1925) was an English artist who had a long association with the Newlyn School of artists, a group of artists who lived and worked in and around Newlyn in Cornwall. He went on to become a member of the Royal Academy of artists, and is best known for his paintings of cricketers. This sweet painting of a family gathered around the candle-lit Christmas Tree, is not necessarily typical of his work, but it does show off his skillful use of subtle lighting, and has a genuinely happy feel about it.

Early Russian Christmas Card

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Courtesy of Wiki Commons

A Christmas Story by Viggo Johansen

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Image courtesy of Wiki Commons

'Christmas Morning' by Joseph Clarke

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Joseph Clark: Painter of Family Life

Joseph Clark (1834–1926) was a Victorian artist, born in England, near Dorchester, Dorset. He studied painting in London under J. M. Leigh (1808–1860), and went on to enjoy considerable success as a painter of genre pictures, depicting domestic scenes, and images of family life. Clark specialised in tender images of children at play, but he also painted a small number of biblical subjects. At the age of twenty three, in 1857, he exhibited his first painting at the Royal Academy in London, and his popular images continued to grace the annual exhibition for almost every one of the next 47 years.

The Buderus Children at Christmas

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Family Life in the 19th Century

Ludwig Von Rössler (1842–1910) was a German artist who specialised in painting scenes of everyday life. This style of painting was fashionable throughout Northern Europe at this time. people enjoyed art that told a story. The family in the picture are shown enjoying the holiday fun. It is an informal portrait of three small children, and it invites the viewer to share the merriment.

The Meeting of the Magi

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From Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc De Berry

The fantastically detailed illustrations commissioned from the Limbourg brothers in the 15th century by Jean, Duc de Berry are famous for their jewel bright colours and high quality draftsmanship. Here we see the Magi coming together before setting off on their quest to find the Christ child.

The Shortening Winter's Day by David Farquarson

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Image courtesy of Wiki Commons

Check your Christmas Cards, You May Have One of These!

David Farquarson was a nineteenth-century artist with a great knack for painting stunning winter landscapes. 'The Shortening Winter's Day Draws to a Close', is probably the best example. I read recently that it is the most popular painting ever to feature on a Christmas card, so I'm sure you'll have seen it before!

Weihnachtsmarkt Berlin 1892

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The Christmas Market, Berlin by Franz Skarbina

Painted in 1892, this incredibly detailed water colour beautifully evokes the bustling Christmas market on a cold and wintry day in Berlin. The picture is 87 x 115cm in size, and shows great artistic skill to have achieved so much precision in such a difficult medium.

A Winter's Day by Paul Gustave Fischer

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A Winter's Day on Kongens Nytorv Copenhagen

 The imposing woman wrapped in her furs stares at us out of the picture plane as though captured in a frozen instant going about her business on this cold, icy day. The influence of photography is evident in the composition, as it is in  many works of art from the late 19th century. The blinkered horse with it's face in a nose bag hints at a continuation beyond the picture frame. In the distance a bus waits to collect passengers, and it's cheery red paintwork provides a splash of colour to liven up the wintry landscape.

A Christmas Party by George Henry Durrie, 1852

A Christmas Party by George Henry Durrie, 1852, image courtesy of Wiki Commons

A Christmas Party by George Henry Durrie, 1852, image courtesy of Wiki Commons

A Christmas Party: Fun in the Snow

This glorious scene of fun and frolics in a snowy landscape was painted in 1852 by George Henry Durrie (1820–1863), and is now on display at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Durrie was primarily a landscape artist, who specialised in rural genre scenes and wintry scenes such as this one, all based around New England.

Christmas Eve 1904 by Carl Larsson

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Christmas Eve in the Larsson House 1904

Carl Larsson and his wife Karin lived in a house called Lilla Hyttnas in Sundborn in Sweden. They had eight children altogether, although, sadly, one of their babies only survived two months, and their son Ulf also died early, aged only eighteen. The family and family life were Carl Larsson's constant joy and inspiration, and the interior seen in this painting is a fine example. The food on the table, the blazing fire, the candles, his daughters with their neatly braided hair, all lovingly detailed.

The little house in Sundborn is still owned by the Larsson family and is open to visitors each summer.

Vorweinacht: Father and Son Choosing the Christmas Tree

Vorweinacht: father and son venture out into the wintry woods to choose a Christmas tree. By F. Kruger. Courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Vorweinacht: father and son venture out into the wintry woods to choose a Christmas tree. By F. Kruger. Courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Choosing the Christmas Tree

Christmas trees were a traditional part of German celebrations long before the idea spread to the rest of Europe in the 19th century. The little lad in this painting, has ventured out with his father to choose a tree which they will drag home on his sled. The woods are deep with snow, but the two foragers are warmly wrapped, and intent on the task in hand.

Franz Kruger painted this festive scene in the 19th century. Kruger was a German artist who was born in Dessau in 1797, and died in Berlin in 1857. Better known for his many portraits of German royals and aristocracy, Kruger was, nonetheless, a competent landscape artist and genre painter, as we can see here, in this old-fashioned Christmas holiday scene.

A Happy Christmas by Viggo Johansen, 1891

'Glade Jul' by Viggo Johansen, 1891. Image courtesy of Wiki Commons

'Glade Jul' by Viggo Johansen, 1891. Image courtesy of Wiki Commons

Dancing Round the Candlelit Tree

Dancing around a beautifully decked out Christmas Tree lit by dozens of twinkling candles, the children in Johansen Viggo's painting seem to be having a lot of fun. Painted in 1891, Viggo has perfectly captured a joyful family scene that gives us a glimpse into family life at the end of the nineteenth century.

Viggo Johansen (1851–1935) was a Danish artist who painted with the Skagen Painters, a group who met each year in the north of Jutland. Viggo exhibited in Paris from 1885, and he was greatly influenced by the work of the Impressionists, particularly that of Claude Monet. This influence is very apparent in much of his work from this period.

© 2008 Amanda Severn

Comments

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on November 22, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Moonlake. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

moonlake from America on November 19, 2013:

I love the old paintings. Beautiful, enjoyed your hub. Voted up.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on November 19, 2013:

I love the old-fashioned paintings. They conjure up a simpler time when Christmas seemed less driven by consumerism. These are all great pictures, and Viggo Johansen's has a special glow about it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

idigwebsites from United States on November 19, 2013:

These old fashioned Christmas pictures.. even just looking at them I could feel the joy and the warmth of families and children bonding together in Christmastime... Beautiful pictures. My favorite in particular is Viggo Johansen's "A Happy Christmas". I love the glow of the Christmas lights, it's as if they're coming to life.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on November 23, 2011:

Hi Enlydia, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Christmas comes around amazingly quickly. It seems hardly any time at all since I originally wrote this!

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on November 21, 2011:

I love these old fashioned pictures of Christams...even thought you wrote this a few years ago, it is time again to appreciate the beauty of Christmas.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on May 12, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

marimccants on May 11, 2011:

I love the design, Great job.

mote pravin on November 29, 2010:

nice painting

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on November 24, 2010:

Hi ss sneh, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

ss sneh from the Incredible India! on November 23, 2010:

Hi! Nice pictures! Good entertaining hub! -- Thanks

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on November 01, 2010:

Hi kimballtrombone, I have to agree, music and art certainly do it for me!

kimballtrombone on November 01, 2010:

Nice artworks. Can't beat art and music for getting into the spirit!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on May 14, 2010:

Hi Oliversmum,

I agree with you that the Carl Larsson pictures are particularly special, and I have another hub dedicated to his work:

https://owlcation.com/humanities/Carl-Larsson--Mas...

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

oliversmum from australia on May 13, 2010:

Amands Severn. Hi. Wow this an absolutely beautiful hub, with such wonderful information on each Artist.

I love all the pictures but especially love "Christmas Morning" by Carl Larsson and Brita as Iduna.

I could look at the pictures all day, they are fabulous.

Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on February 09, 2010:

Hi GmaGoldie

The painting of the Magi is from an illuminated manuscript called Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. It's well worth checking out in it's entirety, and many of the illustrations can be found on the web. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on February 08, 2010:

Dear Amanda,

I keep Magi on my computer - YOU have THE most outstanding photo of the Magi - thank you so much! Love that! What a wonderful Hub! 5 Stars!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 05, 2009:

Hi Writer Rider, it's good to see you here, as always. Yes, Christmas is upon us once again. It seems it comes round quicker with every year that passes. The Burne-Jones is also one of my favourites, and the Larsson paintings are great, too. I think the Larsson paintings really conjure up Christmas in a busy, family household.

Writer Rider on December 05, 2009:

Is X-Mas almost here again? Wow! I like the painting of the angel by Edward Burne-Jones (fantastic colors) and Christmas Morning 1894 My Carl Larrson (great colors, clean technique).

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 05, 2009:

Thanks Nikki!

nikki1 on December 04, 2009:

great paintings

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 03, 2009:

Hi Peacenhim, I get very nostalgic about childhood Christmases and all out family traditions. These old-fashioned Christmas pictures just me in the right frame of mind for the festive season. Thanks for stopping by.

peacenhim on December 02, 2009:

I enjoyed this very much! Those images are all so unique and beautiful! And I enjoyed the stories that go along with each painting....takes you back in time.

Thank you!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on October 20, 2009:

Hi Patrice, yes, Christmas is almost upon us once more and it's lovely to start getting in the right frame of mind with some ol-fashioned images of Christmas past.

Patrice52 on October 18, 2009:

It's almost that time of year again. These are just beautiful. I particularly love "Under the Christmas Tree". These paintings make you long for an old fashioned Christmas!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on October 06, 2009:

Thanks for stopping by Atomswifey.

atomswifey from Michigan on October 05, 2009:

Beautiful images thank you for sharing them :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on March 06, 2009:

Hypnotherapists often encounter past life memories when using regression techniques. Of course there's any number of explanations for these. Some people say that they're actually re-imagined memories of films or TV programmes, and others claim genetic memory is responsible. As I say, I have an open mind, but I'm more inclined towards it than I am against it.

trish1048 on March 06, 2009:

Reincarnation is a nice thought, but the only thing that bothers me about that is that if it's true, and when I die this time, I'd still like to know I'm me but in a different form. I hardly think that's how it works though :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on March 05, 2009:

My Mum used to collect old post-cards, and they were always great to look through, especially the old black and white ones. Perhaps you did once live in Victorian times Trish. I've an open mind on the subject of re-incarnation. Truth is often stranger than fiction!

trish1048 on March 02, 2009:

I'm a collector, and one of the many things I love are old fashioned cards. I have a small collection of old cards and postcards from the late 1800s, early 1900s. The graphics are beautiful. I also have a tiny collection of old wooden pencil boxes decorated with nursery rhyme themes. I often think perhaps I lived during the Victorian era, and since I also love true crime stories, I fancy myself as a sleuth of some kind from that era LOL. Either that, or I was a criminal! :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on March 02, 2009:

Hi Trish,

Thanks for stopping by. This hub has been quite unloved since New Year, so it's nice to have a visitor! LOL! The Christmas Morning painting reminds me of my own childhoos. There were six of us (the Larssons had seven) and consequently the gifts tended to be simple toys that we could play with together, much like those in trhe picture! Happy days...!

trish1048 on March 02, 2009:

These are gorgeous. I especially love Christmas Morning, Under the Christmas Tree and The Shortening Winter's Day.

Thanks for sharing :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on January 15, 2009:

Hi Mella,

Thanks for stopping by. The Larsson picture really captures an old-fashioned Christmas morning beautifully, doesn't it? I've also posted a few more of Larsson's works on a separate hub about his life, which you might find interesting. The link is:

https://owlcation.com/humanities/Carl-Larsson--Mas...

MellasViews from Earth on January 14, 2009:

oooo I love the one with the children in the bedroom!!!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on January 03, 2009:

Hi Netters,

I really enjoyed researching this hub, and was especially pleased with the Larsson pictures which tell of an old-fashioned and innocent world of childhood.

I'm hoping to get a whole hub of Larsson pictures together soon, so watch this space!

Netters from Land of Enchantment - NM on January 03, 2009:

Your so right. I love the old images better than the new ones. They give me a feeling of warmth. Thank you.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 28, 2008:

H Newcapo

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the Holiday Art, and I hope your wife does too! Happy New Year to you!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 28, 2008:

Hi G-Ma

Yes, the Carl Larsson's pictures are just great. He so beautifully captures the world of childhood at the turn of the 19th century, and at the same time his images are ones we can identify with. I hope you had a good Christmas G-Ma, and I wish you a very happy New Year too!

newcapo on December 27, 2008:

These are beautiful selections- going to pass these on to my wife- she loves. I had never heard of these artists. Excellent...Happy New Year !!

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on December 27, 2008:

I loved the one's by Carl Larsson...they are just wonderful...they are all good and very nice to look at...and Thank you for showing them to us...Happy New Year my dear...G-Ma :o) Hugs

Shalini Kagal from India on December 21, 2008:

haha Amanda - how true - the lips and hips bit I mean - thank goodness for Smokey :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 21, 2008:

In my experience a moment on the lips too readily becomes a lifetime on the hips, but at least you have your four-legged friend to exercise it off with!

Shalini Kagal from India on December 21, 2008:

Thanks Amanda - the feasting's begun - here's hoping the pounds don't get heaped on :D

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 21, 2008:

Hi Shalini,

Thank you for your good wishes, and I too wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a joyous 2009!

Shalini Kagal from India on December 20, 2008:

Hi Amanda - just popped by to wish a wonderful hubber love, peace, joy and everything good in the new year! And have a very happy Christmas too :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 18, 2008:

Hi Storytellersrus,

Sorry I couldn't identify the image you were after. I guess the motif of a Victorian child in a pinafore is a common one, and could be from any number of sources. Anyway, seasons greetings, and I hope you have a good Christmas!

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on December 17, 2008:

Hey Amanda! Thanks for your response. My son arrived in town on Saturday and we have been doing the vacation doctor route, checking his vision and health while he is in town, haha. Busy season. I checked the reference you gave me on Sargent and while I love that image, this is not the girl I had in mind. Who knows where I saw this image! It is very like a Sargent, but it could have even been in a children's book illustration that was Sargent-esque. Don't tax your brain about it any longer. Too many bail outs are already in the works- you don't need to help me out, lol. Thanks for all of the lovely images.

pgrundy on December 15, 2008:

Yes, that's the artist--Jessie Wilcox Smith! Thank you! I love her work too.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 15, 2008:

Glad it's not just me Cris!

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on December 15, 2008:

I agree. I can remember a time when Hallmark greeting cards were enough to put a smile on our faces, even tears from our eyes (sigh). the world has indeed moved on...

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 15, 2008:

Hi Cris,

If only we were all as easily pleased as we were years ago. I still love all the traditions of Christmas, but just wish it wasn't so over-commercialised. The happy family world that Larssen shows in his work invokes many happy memories of my own childhood. Growing up as one of six in the 60s and 70s was very different from the high-tec, high expectation world that my children know!

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on December 15, 2008:

I love these pictures! They really do invoke the spirit of Christmas - that warm, fuzzy, happy feeling with hints of nostalgia for a world that has come to pass. They take my breath away! Thanks for sharing :D

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 15, 2008:

Hi Denny,

Thanks for visiting, and I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. My children think I'm mad when I choose traditional Christmas cards, but I love a bit of nostalgia!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 15, 2008:

Hi Candace,

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. Feel free to post the link to your Old-Fashioned Christmas hub here!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 15, 2008:

Hi Aya

Brita is a little star, isn't she? That cheerful red outfit must have looked great on a snowy winters day!

Denny Lyon from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA on December 14, 2008:

Wonderful hub, don't you just love the real Christmas? Enjoyed your angle, completely different take than the usual suspects!

Candace Morgan from New York on December 14, 2008:

Great Hub. I wrote a Hub on Old Fashion Family Christmas and this just warms my heart.

Aya Katz from The Ozarks on December 14, 2008:

Amanda, these are great! Love Brita as Iduna. What an intelligent, happy expression!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi Melissa

I had a lot of fun rooting around the net for these paintings, but unfortunately I ran out of time last night, and actually posted fewer than I'd intended. Visit again in a few days, as I certainly intend to add a few when I get the opportunity.

I'm glad you like the Meeting of the Magi from Les Tres Riches Heures, and you'll probably enjoy some of the other illustrations from it. It must have been a real labour of love, and it's fantastic that such a fragile work of art has survived in good condition through the centuries.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi Pam

The Pre-Raphaelites are wonderful. The attention to detail is breath-taking. I've seen works by Millais and Holman Hunt and other Pre-raphs in the Ashmolean in Oxford where they have quite a collection, including some of the really famous ones. They are even more impressive in the flesh. Goodness only knows how tiny their brushes must have been! Is the illustrator you mentioned Jessie Wilcox Smith by any chance? I have a book of her work, and it has a similar feel to Larssens.

Melissa G from Tempe, AZ on December 14, 2008:

Thanks for the lovely and festive artwork, Amanda! My favorite is the Duc de Berry piece--I'll need to check out the rest of that collection. Thank you for sharing!

pgrundy on December 14, 2008:

I love 19th century illustration, especially the Pre-Raphaelites! Thank you for this hub. It's so soothing to look at these--so much crap in the world right now, this is such a nice respite. There's a woman illustrator from this late 19th century period that I really like too--I can't think of her name offhand. She does mostly children. If I think of it I'll come back and post it. Thanks Amanda! Lovely hub.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi Chris,

Glad you liked them. Burne-Jones is not quite Banksy, but he has a unique style which makes his work instantly recognisable. Have you seen any of his stained glass designs?

Hi Brian,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Christmas without the TV and the playstation. Now that would be something!

Hi CW,

Yes, Brita has such a cheerful little face. She's full of fun, and that red outfit is really festive.

Hi RGraf

People love traditional art, but there's not so many artists producing this kind of work these days. It's a pity, as I'm sure there'd be a market for it.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 14, 2008:

These are great! Wonderful choices. Why don't we do more like this today?

Thanks for gathering these.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 14, 2008:

Amanda- WOW!! All are so good. I particularly like Brita and Christmas morning (and the busy house scenario was too good). Great hub and excellent collection. I will keep checking back to see the new additions.

Brian Stephens from Castelnaudary, France on December 14, 2008:

I like the Swedish family Christmas, very simple and charming. A few modern day Christmas's like that would do no harm.

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on December 14, 2008:

These are really some lovely images. It is difficult to pick a favorite, but I'd have to go with the Edward Burne-Jones one. Not cluttered, but with lovely details! Thanks for sharing these with us. I like!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Thanks. I'll go and check him out!

Shalini Kagal from India on December 14, 2008:

Hi Amanda...yes, it is! And that was some wonderful nostalgia!

btw, your Donkey Oatey's kicking his heels waiting for you amid Paraglider's limericks :D

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi Storytellersrus,

Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you liked the paintings.

I'm not really sure about the painting you mention, although the image that sprang immediately to mind was a Singer Sargent:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Singer...

I wondered if you might mean the girl standing on the left as the painting is often cropped to show just her. The only problem is that the girl is wearing a brown dress and not a blue one. If you can remember anything else about the picture let me know and I'll see what I can come up with.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi Shalini,

Christmas is a special time of year, isn't it? I know consumerism has taken over to a great extent, but all the traditional trappings, the Christmas cards and Christmas music, the festive food, the decorations and the tree, are still as important as ever. We love a bit of nostalgia, and that's what I was aiming for here.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi Violetsun,

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. Visit again in a few days as I intend to add some more as I come across them. I had to stop last night as it was 1.30am and my eyes were closing!

I know what you mean about the Larssen Christmas morning picture. The pleasure of opening presents never alters, but I don't know if there are any modern artists painting kids opening playstations and nintendos! I guess there might be, but I think the skates and boats and dollies are just right.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 14, 2008:

Hi rmr

Thanks for stopping by. I think the angel is my favourite too, although Brita Larssen comes a close second. Burne-Jones painted such haunting images. Have you seen any of his other work such as The Golden Stairs?

http://www.abcgallery.com/B/burne-jones/burnejones...

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on December 13, 2008:

Okay I have been searching for the image in my mind. So far Renoir comes closest. Any thoughts? BTW, I have the apple girl on napkins- my closest friend has a statue of this painting. It is very popular among my Minnesota ilk personage type folk :).

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on December 13, 2008:

I love Carl Larsen! His work is all over my parent's home and fits with our Skandinavian heritage. But Franz Skarbina, he is something new. I plan to google his work, as I love this image. It reminds me of... Sargent? Who is it that painted a piece depicting a dark haired young girl in a white smock and blue dress? I can visualize the painting but not the artist's signature!

Shalini Kagal from India on December 13, 2008:

Amanda - you pick the art you display so wonderfully and then go on to add to it with just the right words! Such a beautiful collection - just the right prelude to the festive season.

Love Burne-Jones' angel - guess I'm a hopeless romantic but that look in the eyes is wonderful! Thanks for the treat :)

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on December 13, 2008:

I enjoyed Carl Larsen's paintings, and the expression of the older woman holding a basket and looking at Jesus. As I looking at Carl Larsen's children, I was thinking, that its amazing, these children are just like the children of today, they felt joy in getting toys and playing, we humans are so different, yet so alike.

Thanks for this wonderful hub and your comments on the art, as it brought alive. It was enjoyed on a cold, rainy, and quiet evening. :)

rmr from Livonia, MI on December 13, 2008:

These are fantastic! I especially like the angel. Thanks for sharing these.