A Winter's Day
Medium:Oil on canvas
Height: 17 in
Width: 24 in
Three snow-covered buildings: 1 red, 1 stone, and 1 cream colored. Wintry forest in background.
Michael Maitner is a self-taught, Grand Rapids artist with a "whimsical" style based in realism and impressionism. Maitner was influenced by a group of American artists known as the Regionalists who emerged in the 1930s. Regionalism is a modern American art movement based in realism where the artistic focus was to shun the ideas of city life and European modernist traditions, and instead to create scenes of rural American life. In the piece "A Winter's Day", one can easily trace the odd angles of the houses and trees to a conclusion of a very ordinary winter's day, a recognizable and comforting scene.