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Winter Scene on a Canal by Hendrick Avercamp

    Winter Scene on a Canal by Hendrick Avercamp

    Winter Scene on a Canal by Hendrick Avercamp was created in 1615. The painting is in Toledo Museum of Art Ohio. The size of the work is 47,9 x 95,6 cm and is made of oil on panel.

    A canal or river has frozen over, trapping boats and providing an opportunity for many social classes to mingle on the ice. Gentlemen and ladies greet one another, ride a horse-drawn sleigh, and rent skates alongside humbler villagers. A group of men play kolf, a golf-like game. A man at lower right looks out, as if inviting us to join in the festivities. Hendrik Avercamp, known as the “Mute of Kampen” because of his deafness, was one of the first Dutch artists to specialize in winter scenes. His paintings typically feature low horizon lines where land blends into heavy skies, emphasizing the flatness of the Dutch landscape… (read more in Toledo Museum of Art Ohio)

    About the Artist: Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp was born in Amsterdam. He lived and worked there from 1614 until his death in 1634. he studied with the Danish-born portrait painter Pieter Isaacsz (1569–1625), and perhaps also with David Vinckboons. Avercamp is mentioned in various documents as the Kampen Mute, so it is assumed that he was deaf and dumb… Read more

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