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“For everything there is a season, A time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). This well-known verse from the bible has been a source of comfort during the COVID-19 crisis in reassuring and reminding us that nothing is static, and this too, will pass, as we face the future with much resolve and patience.


For many, the year 2020 was also a time for reflection. To pause and think about people, places and the procession of the seasons. The vast swathes of the year where we have been locked down have given us more time to observe the nature and the seasons. This selection of artworks reflects the aspect of each season from cloudless summer skies and sunlit beaches to snowy landscapes and stormy sea in the winter.

23 artworks
Afterglow
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Afterglow 1912

Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)

Oil on canvas

H 152 x W 106.8 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Sheep in a Snowstorm
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Sheep in a Snowstorm 1892–1893

Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)

Oil on canvas

H 46 x W 76.4 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

The Weary Waste of Snow, Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

The Weary Waste of Snow, Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire c.1898

Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)

Oil on canvas

H 50.9 x W 76.2 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Cornfield at Nightfall
© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Cornfield at Nightfall 1952

Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921–1963)

Oil on canvas

H 66 x W 136 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Winter Sea IV
© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Winter Sea IV 1958

Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921–1963)

Oil on board

H 53.4 x W 78.8 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Spring in the Birch Wood
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Spring in the Birch Wood

George Henry (1858–1943)

Oil on canvas

H 127.2 x W 102 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Spring
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Spring c.1940–1945

Robert Sivell (1888–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 133.3 x W 112.2 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Binding the Sheaves
© estate of Josef Herman. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Binding the Sheaves 1955

Josef Herman (1911–2000)

Oil on canvas

H 40.6 x W 50.6 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Summer Sunshine
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Summer Sunshine

Dorothy Johnstone (1892–1980)

Oil on canvas

H 44.2 x W 36.5 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

A Winter Morning
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

A Winter Morning 1951

Alberto Morrocco (1917–1998)

Oil on plyboard

H 159.7 x W 91.5 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Autumn
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Autumn c.1898

Bessie MacNicol (1869–1904)

Oil on canvas

H 61.3 x W 51.3 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Midsummer, East Fife
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Midsummer, East Fife 1936

James McIntosh Patrick (1907–1998)

Oil on canvas

H 76.6 x W 102.6 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

A Wet Day
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

A Wet Day

Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)

Oil on canvas

H 46 x W 31.2 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Cornfield, Pontarme, France
© by permission of the artist's family. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Cornfield, Pontarme, France

William MacTaggart (1903–1981)

Oil on board

H 62.1 x W 101 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Les pommiers à Damiette
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Les pommiers à Damiette 1893

Armand Guillaumin (1841–1927)

Oil on canvas

H 73.6 x W 93 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Ploughing
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Ploughing 1889

George Clausen (1852–1944)

Oil on canvas

H 122.5 x W 183 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Harvesting
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Harvesting 1863

Samuel Palmer (1805–1881)

Watercolour on paper

H 19 x W 42 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Wood on the Downs
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Wood on the Downs 1929

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

Oil on canvas

H 71.5 x W 92 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Winter Pastoral
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Winter Pastoral 1964

William Gear (1915–1997)

Oil on canvas

H 122.5 x W 81.5 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

On the Beach, Étaples, France
© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council, Scotland. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

On the Beach, Étaples, France c.1905–1906

John Duncan Fergusson (1874–1961)

Oil on board

H 18.7 x W 24.1 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Stormy Weather, Iona
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Stormy Weather, Iona c.1929

Samuel John Peploe (1871–1935)

Oil on canvas

H 51.2 x W 61 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Lunga from Iona
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Lunga from Iona

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883–1937)

Oil on canvas

H 41 x W 48.5 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

La falaise à Fécamp, France
Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

La falaise à Fécamp, France 1881

Claude Monet (1840–1926)

Oil on canvas

H 65 x W 81.1 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums