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Winter Chapel

I dearly love the mountains and like to think of them as God’s cathedrals. When men build a modest chapel under the shelter of soaring peaks, the setting takes on a sacred serenity. Winter Chapel portrays just such a scene. The residents of a mountain hamlet go about their business –¬†walking the dog, going to market, pausing perhaps a minute more to admire the sunset that touches their mountain chapel and their humble homes with glory.

We, who are not for the moment caught up in the business of living, can give the scene the attention it deserves. Towering clouds appear to be rent by God’s hand; a Heavenly light pours through the gaps, falling on the snow-capped mountains and on the soaring church steeple. The contrast between light and shadow is stark and thrilling; this is surely one of the most awesome sunsets that I have ever captured on canvas.

  • Thomas Kinkade has hidden six N’s in Winter Chapel, as a loving tribute to his wife Nanette.
  • One of the highlights of Thom’s Archive Collection, Winter Chapel is based on a vacation Thom spent in the Alps and features one of his earliest sunset scenes.
  • The stark contrast between the sunlit chapel and the dark, looming mountain pays homage to the struggle that we all face everyday, and the hope that still lingers in us all.
  • Although several of the ten recently published paintings in the Archive Collection feature the beauty of sunsets, Winter Chapel is the only one to depict the majesty of a mountain church.
  • Released in only two sizes and in very small editions, Winter Chapel is a rare and beautiful painting to add to your collection.
Title Winter Chapel
Painted 1982
Published January 1999
Subject Location The Alps, Switzerland
Collection Archive Collection

Image Sizes

12" x 18"
18" x 27"

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