A Scene On The Ice Near A Town By Hendrick Avercamp
Hendrick Avercamp was also known as de sorm 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 Prints
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.
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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."
Hendrick Avercamp Bio
Born in Amsterdam, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634) grew up in Kampen. He lived and worked there from 1614 until his death in 1634. Avercamp is mentioned in various documents as the Kampen Mute, so it is assumed that he was deaf and dumb. Avercamp had originally been taught in Amsterdam by Pieter Isacksz, and specialised in winter landscapes. He adopted the Flemish tradition, which was continued in Amsterdam by Gilles van Coninxloo and Pieter Vinckboons. Avercamp's early landscapes have a clear narrative in style, often containing risqué anecdotes. Later, his work acquired a more atmospheric quality. The famous winter artist of the Dutch Golden age has painted a beautiful snowy scene of his town.
Avercamp's early landscapes have a predominantly narrative quality, including numerous rather daring anecdotes. His style can be characterized by a high horizon, vivid and chatoyant colors distributed all over the painting, tree branches drawn over the snow or the sky, an archaic sense of perspective and a taste for circular formats focusing on the layout of the depicted scenes. As with Adriaen-Pietersz van de Venne, his little people are depicted in black over a white background and are busy each with a slightly different daily task.
In later years, the atmosphere became important in his work. The horizon was brought down. As with Van Goyen, circular frames were progressively replaced with rectangular ones with a large width, a popular format among the 1620-30 painters such as Dirck Hals, Codde, Duck or Duyster.
Avercamp had no important direct followers, although his nephew Barent Avercamp (c. 1612-1679) was his pupil and imitated him heavily (one of his paintings is in the Louvre, in the Croy collection), as were Arent Arentsz. (called Cabel) (1585/1586-1635) and Dirck Hartenstein II (1620-after 1674). Adam van Breen's style was so close from Avercamp's that their artworks are often confused (an example is at the Louvre). Christoffel van Berghe (the mysterious C.V.B.) was active in Middelburg and has a similar painting exhibited in the Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp.
Hendrick Avercamp Facts
From 1614 to 1634, Hendrik Averkamp created many winter landscapes and genre scenes. The paintings,written by the artist Averkamp, are very entertaining, colorful and lively, and were very popular among burghers and ordinary citizens. Therefore, Averkamp could successfully sell many of his paintings,watercolors and drawings. Typical paintings by the artist Averkamp have a high and distant horizon and show a lot of diligent and amusing people, and, as a rule, the painter in his paintings skillfully hid several funny stories and anecdotes. A characteristic feature of Averkamp is the introduction of genre motifs into landscapes. He populates his species with a multitude of figures that not only enliven them but contribute a certain plot to the beginning. In the painting Ice Skating, Averkamp introduces the viewer to one of the most remarkable aspects of the Dutch way of life: frozen winter canals become a place of favorite winter fun for the citizens. Here they skate, carry children on sledges, chase a ball with a club, carry cargo. Children and adults, well-dressed ladies and gentlemen, townspeople in modest clothes — all of them can be seen on the ice of the Dutch channel.
Avercamp National Gallery
A Scene On The Ice Near A Town was on display at The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The Gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the government on behalf of the British public, and entry to the main collection is free of charge. It is among the most visited art museums in the world, after the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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