A Scene On The Ice Near A Town
Hendrick Avercamp painting
The famous winter artist of the Dutch Golden age has painted a beautiful snowy scene of his town.
Hendrick Avercamp was also known as de stom van Kampen (the mute of Kampen) due to some people thinking he was feeble-minded. Hendrick Avercamp was baptized in the Old Church in Amsterdam on 27 January 1585. His parents moved to Kampen in 1586 where his father was the town apothecary. Avercamp appears to have disciplined himself in his own artistic style in Amsterdam with the advice of Pieter Isaacsz, who was a history artist and portraitist. Avercamp produced the style of Bruegel and Vinckboons in his art which gave a more exquisite effect, creating scenes filled with small people, and full of life's occurrence. He possessed a refined understanding of tone, precisely putting colors, such as reds, blacks, and whites with bits of yellow and green to design fine and detailed effects. He generally painted wintertime scenes with numerous watercolors and sometimes included seamen and farmers: a huge collection of his work is at the Royal Collection. Avercamp was buried in the Sint Nicolaaskerk in Kampen on 15 May 1634. His relative, Barent Pietersz who lived in Kampen, was a close pupil of Avercamp, as well as, artist Arent Arentsz of Amsterdam.
Hendrick Avercamp’s Seventeenth-century “snow day”, painted in approximately 1615, is a passionate reminder certain things like the seasons don't change over time. Amongst merry people adorned with skates. A dairyman provides containers of milk on a yoke athwart on his shoulders, while others hold firewood. Similar to landscape painters of his time, Avercamp painted for the love of art rather than for work. The Dutch desire for paintings was tremendous but his profits pitifully. Avercamp paintings concentrated on busy icey scenes. Avercamp’s wintry scene shows people of all ages and social groups. children on a sled, farmers, and nobles skating and an old man covered up against the cold, seated by the riverbank. A spirited groomed couple observe from the forefront, nearly brushing shoulders, while on the ice a woman has fallen over.
Beautiful Scene on the Ice canvas art painting (Ready to Hang).
Below is an analysis of A Scene on the Ice near a Town from The Art Book
Beard, L., Butler, A., Cleave, C. V., Fortenberry, D., & Stirling, S. (2014). The art book. London: Phaidon Press.
"An entire town full of people seems to be enjoying itself on a frozen lake. The picture wonderfully evokes the chilly skies of a northern winter. The picture wonderfully evokes the chilly skies of a northern winter. The attention to detail in many of the figures, such as the woman with her red sash at the lower left, brings the scene to life, giving it a joyful feeling. (it is said that Avercamp was deaf, hence his acute visual sense and the almost anecdotal quality of his minutely detailed paintings. ) Seventeenth-century Holland witnessed a rise in the middle classes and a decline in church patronage because of Protestant reform. This led to painters specializing in smallscale easel paintings for the new market of private collectors. Avercamp was well known for his winter scenes, which are similar in style to those of those of Jan Bruegel, and his careful observation of lighting effects made his paintings highly prized. He was also one of the originators of realist landscape painter in seventeenth-century Holland."
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A Scene on the Ice near a Town by Hendrick Avercamp (ready to hang)