Johann Berthelsen painted New York City snow scenes again and again like he was reliving what it was like to be caught in the middle. Soaking wet. Drenched to the bone. Exhilarated and exhausted. Through daubs of color Berthelsen recreated snowy Impressionistic renderings of Washington Square, 5th Ave., the Brooklyn Bridge, Columbia University and Central Park.
Berthelsen captured the whiteout atmosphere of New York City in a way few others did. He basically painted what he saw all around him. His time-specific scenes, cityscapes, cars and trucks serve as time capsules of another era in history. Studying Berthelsen’s work is difficult at times because although he signed his paintings, he rarely, if ever, dated them. That being said, it’s hard to miss this artist’s oils with their bright colors, glistening snowfalls and massive architectural backdrops.
Working with small canvases, he captured big views.