This is a scene of a long gone winter, observed from the top of a hill in Meissen, Germany. The painting seems to pull you into a past that you never knew, yet it feels as though you are there, on top of the hill.
Painted in 1859, it depicts a snowy early evening scene from the previous century, as indicated by the man with a powdered wig and buckled shoes. In this scene the man pauses to view a couple walking home on an uphill street in Meissen. It’s late December and a traditional Christmas tree is visible in the warm light of a nearby window.
The painting is by Ernst Oehme, entitled “Meissen im Winter”