The four seasons and the transformation of our natural world have captured the fascination of artists for centuries. The "cycle of life" and "change" are popular metaphors for landscape painters, printmakers and photographers alike, and in the season of spring, especially, we are reminded of growth and new beginnings.
Field at Springtime, n.d., by Malcolm Parcell (1897-1987): Looking at Parcell's Field at Springtime, this small black and white etching doesn't exactly say "spring" does it? We usually associate spring with beautiful lush colors and flowers and blossoms. So how do we know, besides the title, this is actually springtime? Notice the smaller tree in the lower right, there is new growth sprouting from where last year's branches were lopped off. There are branches still lying on the ground, and the dog looks as if he's surveying the fields for the first time since winter. The two men seem to be getting tools out of an underground shed. The fields have yet to be tended and tilled and planted.