Early Autumn, 13th century
Qian Xuan (depiction of decaying lotus leaves and dragonflies hovering over stagnant water)
Autumn is finally coming… it´s been a while since we had a true seasonal change here in Portugal. I miss those days of my childhood when I could appreciate the gold and orangey leaves falling from the trees, the smell of roasted chestnuts on the streets, framed in the right scenery and the inviting weather for intimate walks or just a break for tea in a cosy environment.
I suppose that autumn is one of the most inspiring seasons. There`s something about the light and the colours which makes it irresistible not only for me, but for many artists and writers over the centuries. There´s some kind of “final breath” from all of nature`s activities
before winter, which makes it so peaceful and quietly full of life.
The Harvesters, 1565
Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, active by 1551, died 1569). Oil on wood
Haystacks: Autumn, ca. 1874.
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875). Oil on canvas