Art in Exile: April Showers


Art in Exile: a blog series focused on introducing beauty into the social media stream during a season of self-quarantine, social distancing, and a global pandemic.

It’s April. Today’s Art in Exile is an ode to April Showers. I’m a person who often feels like the weather, so for the sake of beauty and truth, I thought I’d join art featuring rain with Scripture about rain.

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street- A Rainy Day, 1877

“Like clouds and wind without rain
    is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.”

Proverbs 25:14

John Constable, Seascape Study with Rain Cloud, 1827

“He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.” Deut 11:14. 

Renoir, Les Parapluies (The Umbrellas), 1883

“Shower, O heavens, from above,
    and let the clouds rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
    let the earth cause them both to sprout…”

Isaiah 45:8

Monet, Landscape in the Rain, 1886

“Ask rain from the Lord
    in the season of the spring rain…
    and he will give them showers of rain,
    to everyone the vegetation in the field.”

 Zechariah 10:1

Childe Hassam, Columbus Avenue, Rainy Day, 1885

“For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.” Hebrews 6:7

Van Gogh, Wheat Field in Rain, 1889

“He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”

Psalm 135:7 

Camille Pissarro, Boulevard Montmartre Spring Rain, 1897

“Your Father who is in heaven… makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45

Edouard Cortes, Place Vendome in Rain

That’s it for today’s rainy Art in Exile. I leave you with this amazing work from JMW Turner.

JMW Turner, Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway, 1844

Russ Ramsey
Russ is a pastor and author living in Nashville, Tennessee. His books include Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017), and the Retelling the Story Series, featuring The Advent of the Lamb of God (IVP, 2018). His personal mission is to communicate the truths of Scripture in accessible ways to people in process. Follow Russ on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

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