A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615 by Hendrick Van Avercamp


A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615


Hendrick Van Avercamp

Ref GM3833
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 22" x 14" (56 x 35 cm)
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Known for his panoramic outdoor recreation scenes, painter Hendrick Avercamp holds a unique place among his 17th-century contemporaries for his focus on the joys and hardships of the long Dutch winter. Born deaf and mute, Avercamp was a natural observer, and his intricate compositions depict a wide range of activities including children ice skating, women attempting to wash clothes in frozen water, and men chopping wood to heat their homes. His distinctive style is characterized by high horizon lines, vivid colors, and compositions full of narrative vignettes. Painted in around 1615 Avercamp depicts a winter scene. Under the pale winter sky, a frozen waterway receding into the far distance provides the stage for lively diversions upon the ice, such as 'kolf' (an early form of golf). It has been suggested that the town is Kampen, where Avercamp lived and worked, but it is more likely to be imaginary. Avercamp, known as 'de stomme van Campen' (the mute of Kampen), became famous for his winter scenes.