Aurora In Art

Aurora are works of art in their own right. Of course artists have been reproducing aurora in paintings and illustration since it was possible. Below are some examples of aurora in art, including various media. It’s interesting to see how the aurora can even be reproduced using woodcut.

Frederic Edwin Church (American), Aurora Borealis, 1865, 56x83, 1911.4.1, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Frederic Edwin Church (American), Aurora Borealis, 1865, 56×83, 1911.4.1, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Alexander Leydenfrost (1888 - 1961) 1940s illustration
Alexander Leydenfrost (1888 – 1961) 1940s illustration
Konstantin Korovin (Russian, 1861-1939) Northern Lights 1895
At the Back of the North Wind, Jessie Willcox Smith, 1919
‘Our Little Friends of Eskimo Land Papik and Natsek ‘ by Frances Carpenter published 1931
Fun in the Frozen North back cover a 1950s pop up book arranged and illustrated by Molly B. Thomson
Edward Whymper (British mountaineer and illustrator, London, 1840 - Chamonix, 1911), Aurora Borealis, color woodcut, with watercolor
Edward Whymper (British mountaineer and illustrator, London, 1840 – Chamonix, 1911), Aurora Borealis, color woodcut, with watercolor
Northern Lights by Meyers Konv-Lexicon, 1870
Northern Lights by Meyers Konv-Lexicon, 1870
Ola (Northern Lights) by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, 1932
'Aurora Borealis' Woodcut print by Finnish artist Aukusti Tuhko. 1937
‘Aurora Borealis’ Woodcut print by Finnish artist Aukusti Tuhko. 1937
Aurora Borealis in High Latitudes. from the book William MacKenzie’s National Encyclopedia (1891), a colored illustration of the beautiful polar lights in the night sky
Aurora Borealis in High Latitudes. from the book William MacKenzie’s National Encyclopedia (1891), a colored illustration of the beautiful polar lights in the night sky
Kinder des Nordlichts, 1957, I. & E. Parin D'Auliar depicting the Lapps who herded reindeer, wide awake wild animals and the Northern Lights
Kinder des Nordlichts, 1957, I. & E. Parin D’Auliar depicting the Lapps who herded reindeer, wide awake wild animals and the Northern Lights
Authors & illustrators Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, Ingri Parin d’Aulaire, 1972
 The Open Road For Boys Magazine. This human generated electricity looks like aurora.
The Open Road For Boys Magazine. This human generated electricity looks like aurora.

Header image: Ola (Northern lights) by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, 1932