Friday, November 18, 2011

Avercamp, Hendrick

Winter Landscape with Skaters
c. 1608
Oil on wood
78 x 132 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The setting may be the quiet village of  northeast of Amsterdam. Very successful financially, Avercamp was called  “the mute of Kampen.” It is known he was deaf throughout his life.

Hendrick Avercamp (1585 - 1634), Dutch painter, was the most famous exponent of the winter landscape. His paintings are colorful and lively, with carefully observed skaters, tobogganers, golfers, and pedestrians.
Avercamp's work enjoyed great popularity and he sold his drawings, many of which are tinted with water-color, as finished pictures to be pasted into the albums of collectors (an outstanding collection is at Windsor Castle).