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In winter, wolves often lie down in the snow on the surface of frozen lakes, especially to warm themselves under the sun’s rays. In this painting, Gisèle imagined a pack surprised by the wind. Blowing snow suddenly sweeps the lake, causing discomfort to the wolves. One after another, they begin to stand up, ready to follow their leader towards a safer shelter in the forest. The technical challenges of this painting are numerous: light and colours, the wind in the wolves’ fur and the miserable expression of some of them. The artist has been observing and studying grey wolves’ behaviours in nature for many years. That helps her to capture a wolf’s profound essence and accurately render the species on canvas.