Rain has been one of the most popular subjects of art painting. Artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and many others found rain as perfect subject for their paintings.
Here is a list of 10 paintings to celebrate this rainy season.
Paris Street; Rainy Day
Gustave Caillebotte was a French impressionist artist from the 19th century. His paintings looked more realistic than most other impressionist paintings did. ‘Paris Street; Rainy Day’ is one such example.
The painting depicts people walking through a street in Paris on a rainy day. If you look closer, the rain has made the paths of this Paris street shine like a mirror. The painting, which was completed in 1877, is 83×108 inches big and today, the painting is on display at Art Institute of Chicago.
The Yerres, Effect of Rain
This is yet another painting by the French impressionist, Gustave Caillebotte. This oil on canvas painting depicts a small pond during drizzling rain. The small droplets of rain are creating ripples in water, which are so realistically depicted by the artist. The painting is a 31×23 inch big and is one of the best works of this French artist.
The Bridge in the Rain
It is no secret that Vincent Van Gogh was attracted to Japanese art. In ‘The Bridge in the Rain’ painting, Van Gogh tried to copy the famous Japanese style. The painting depicts people walking through a wooden bride, while rain is gushing down. The painting was inspired by a work by famous Japanese artist, Hiroshige.
The Avenue in the Rain
Frederick Childe Hassam was an American artist, famous for his depiction of urban American streets on the canvas. This impressionist artist was an important influence in the upcoming of impressionism art.
‘The Avenue in the Rain’ depicts a normal American street, with lots of American flags, during heavy rain. This 42×22 inch painting is part of ‘The White House Collection’ and you will see the painting hanging by the side of the desk of American President.
Rainy Day, Boston
This is yet another masterpiece from the American impressionist, Childe Hassam. The painting depicts a mother and daughter walking through the streets of Boston on a rainy day. The painting also shows a number of horse carts around the area and also depicts shining walkways. Today, this 26×48 inch ‘oil on canvas’ painting is owned by Toledo Museum of Art, United States.
Touching the Sky
Donald Zolan is a 20th century artist from United States. Most of his paintings revolve around children and their activities. He was an illustrator artist and his works are accepted worldwide. In this painting, Zolan depicts a small boy playing in the rain. Although he is seen touching and playing with water on the street, according to the artist, he is actually touching the skies, the reflection of sky.
Another one of his paintings, ‘Rainy day pals’, is also quite famous for the depiction of rain. The painting has a little girl walking around in the rain with her pet dog.
Jockeys in the Rain
Edgar Degas is one of the founders of impressionism. He created many world famous paintings and by the later half of 19th century, he became one of the most popular artists.
This painting, ‘Jockeys in the Rain’, is one of the perfect examples of impressionist art. It depicts five jockeys riding their horses through a field during heavy rain. This pastel on canvas painting is 47×63 inches big and is a part of collection at Burrell Collection, Scotland.
Belle-Ile, Rain Effect
Claude Monet is considered the founder of French impressionist movement. His paintings were mostly about nature. In 1886, Monet stayed at the Belle-Ile island in France and during this time, he went on to paint the famous ‘Belle-Ile, Rain Effect’. The painting depicts angry sea during rain and huge rocks of different shapes standing tall in the sea.
Cliffs at Pourville, Rain
Here is another Monet masterpiece, making its way into the list. The cliff at the beach of Pourville, France, is a huge presence in the paintings of Monet. He created a lot of paintings of these cliffs and the beach. This painting here shows the scene on a rainy day. The cliffs are hardly visible and the angry sea is smashing itself against the huge cliff. This oil on canvas painting, completed in 1896, is today, a part of some private collection.
Morning On The Seine In The Rain
Here, you have yet another Claude Monet painting, ‘Morning On The Seine In The Rain’. In this painting, the location is the famous Seine River in Paris. Monet has made a number of paintings with the Seine as subject. This one here shows the beauty of the river during pouring rain.
There you have it, ten famous paintings by famous artists, depicting the beauty of rain. In this list, you saw impressionist paintings from artists like Claude Monet to illustrations of Donald Zolan. Some of these paintings are a part of private collections, while some others are hanging in The White House. There are more such monsoon moments in art paintings and for those who love these ‘rain paintings’, hang around, there is more on the way.