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Picturing a World

In the bleak midwinter

Ilya Elfimovich Repin, Winter Scene (1876)

Last night President Zelenksy said that Ukrainians would be celebrating Christmas by candlelight, not because it's romantic, but because they lack electricity. Too true. This gentler scene from Ukrainian-born Ilya Elfimovich Repin can be a reminder of the hardships of winter as well as, perhaps, a hope for peace in the bleak midwinter.

Image via Brooklyn Museum

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