Puzzle pieces in a pile

Puzzling our way through!

(Almost) New Year, New Puzzles

December 30, 2020

As the year comes to a close, we’re sharing a selection of winter and New Year’s themed artworks in puzzle form to challenge yourself with at home! Challenge friends or collaborate with someone in your bubble to complete these new puzzles.

There hasn’t been much snow in the Washington, DC area, but we’ve definitely felt the chill. Try your hand at this snowy oil painting from our American Art collection.

The White Pasture, Willard Metcalf, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1917.249a-b.

We’re hoping for an auspicious new year for everyone around the world. This Katsushika Hokusai scroll painting centers on the Japanese New Year custom of hatsuyume, the first dream of the new year.

New Year Custom: Wish for a New Year’s Auspicious Dream, Katsushika Hokusai, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1903.52.

Lastly, here’s a detail from a large hanging scroll painting in our Chinese Art collection that’s also part of our educator resource, Teaching China with the Smithsonian.

Detail, Palace Women and Children Celebrating the New Year, Formerly attributed to Yan Liben, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1916.403.

Wishing you a happy new year ahead!


 

Our first online jigsaw puzzles

December 17, 2020

We’re here with a fun at-home activity using art from our collections!
Try your hand at a jigsaw puzzle then challenge a friend to beat your time.
Check back for new puzzles every couple of weeks.

First up, fan favorite, Puppies in the Snow!

Puppies in the Snow, Isoda Koryūsai, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: The Anne van Biema Collection, S2004.3.25.

How about a watercolor painting of Krishna’s family admiring a solar eclipse?

Krishna and his family admire a solar eclipse, perhaps a page from the “Kangra/Modi” Bhagavata Purana, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Purchase from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F2017.13.5.

Of course, we can’t forget the iconic Peacock Room!

Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1904.61.

Happy puzzling!

Sai Muddasani

Sai Muddasani is the Social Media Specialist for the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. She manages the museum's social media profiles, blog, and works across departments on marketing, advertising, and other promotional efforts.

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