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Seventeenth-century Dutch winters were notorious for their Arctic cold, with canals and rivers frozen over. In the little town that Avercamp takes us to everyone is out on the ice, making the best of it: working, playing, showing off, laughing, complaining, falling over or just about managing to stand up. Boats are frozen in, horses pull sleighs over the ice. The luscious pink castle looks almost like a giant, iced Christmas cake.
Hendrick Avercamp led the way in making pictures of ‘life on the ice’. His career began at the time the Little Ice Age hit Northern Europe. He spent his life producing these winter pictures and only rarely left his town of Kampen – though the place in this painting is an imaginary town.
Oil on oak
H 40.7 x W 40.7 cm