In autumn the green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs turn into various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta and brown. The phenomenon is commonly called the autumn colours. The falling leaves add movements to the scene. On the other hand, they may also lead to the feeling of melancholy.

Autumn has always been the favourite season of many people. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.

Many artists have painted spectacular oil paintings of the autumn colours with colourful trees , haystacks or people harvesting their crops.


Jean-Francois Millet The Gleaners, 1875, 83.5 x 111 cm, Musee d’Orsay

Jean-François Millet (1814 – 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the Realism art movement. For more information :


Charles le Roux, Edge of the Woods; Cherry Trees in Autumn (1855 Exposition Universelle), 47.5 x 75 cm, Musee d’Orsay

Marie-Guillaume Charles Le Roux (1814 – 1895) was a landscape painter of the Barbizon school. He is noted for his paintings of the Loire and its surroundings. For more information :


Camille Pissarro Landscape in the vicinty of Louveciennes (Autumn),  1870, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.


Camille Pissarro Entrance to the Village of Voisins, 1872, 46 x 55.5 cm, Musee d’Orsay


Camille Pissarro Kitchen garden at L’Hermitage, Pontoise, 1874, 54 x 65.1 cm, The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh


Camille Pissarro Hoarfrost, 1873, 65 x 93 cm, Musee d’Orsay

Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. For more information:


Alfred Sisley Voisins Village, 1874, 38 x 46.5 cm, Musee d’Orsay

Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899) was an Impressionist landscape artist who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air capturing effects of light and atmosphere by completing their work out of doors.  For more information:


Claude Monet Autumn Effect, Argenteuvil, 1873, 56 x 75 cm, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London


Claude Monet Grainstacks (end of day, autumn), 1890-91, The Art Institute of Chicago


Claude Monet Poplars (Autumn), 1891, Private Collection


Claude Monet Poplars (Autumn), 1891, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Oscar-Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific artist of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to en plein air landscape painting. For more information:



Paul Gauguin Yellow Hay Ricks (Blond Harvest), 1889, 73.5 x 92.5 cm, Musee d O’rsay


Paul Gauguin Breton Landscape (The “Moulin David”), 1894, 73 x 92 cm, Musee d’Orsay

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. For more information:


Vincent van Gogh Harvest Landscape, 1888, 73 x 92 cm, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. For more information:


Willard Metcalf October, 1908, 66 x 73.6 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts

Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858 – 1925) was an American artist born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and later attended Académie Julian, Paris. For more information:



Piano Music depicting the Autumn colours

Tchaikovsky – The Seasons: October (“Autumn Song”) – Vladimir Tropp (an honoured pianist of Russia, born in 1939, since 2002 he has taught at the faculty of special piano at the Moscow Conservatoire)



pianushko   Published on Jan 17, 2012

Vladimir Tropp, piano Эпиграф из А. К. Толстого: “Осень, осыпается весь наш бедный сад, Листья пожелтелые по ветру летят…”

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The Seasons, Opus 37: X. October: Song of Autumn

Vladimir Tropp    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Piano Music In the Universe