“A winter landscape with skaters,” Hendrik Averkamp – a description of the picture

“A winter landscape with skaters,” Hendrik Averkamp – a description of the picture
“A winter landscape with skaters,” Hendrik Averkamp - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by Hendrik Averkamp
  • Museum: Reyksmuseum
  • Year: 1608

Description of the picture :

Winter landscape with skaters – Hendrik Averkamp. Panel, oil. 77.3 x 171.9 cm

   Pictures of the Dutch painter Hendrik Averkamp can always be distinguished from other artists. You can’t confuse his light gray, winter range of flowers and the harmonious fusion of everyday, genre scenes with landscapes with anyone.

   From the earliest works, which include the painting “Winter landscape with skaters”, individualism and the recognition of the manner of writing Averkamp is felt.

   This work was done when young Hendrick lived and studied in Amsterdam and was influenced by the Flemish school of painting. But the artist carried his originality and constancy of the plots of paintings through the entire creative path.

   Before us is a small picture with a winter landscape. Due to the fact that the author builds the horizon line high enough, a large number of people in the most picturesque poses, both houses, trees, and a river leaving behind the clouds, fit on a small canvas, and a wonderful feeling of a large amount of fresh, frosty, winter air is created.

   Seem to be, that all the inhabitants of a small town poured out to ride a river with ice: and ordinary people, and chin matrons, and young couples, and solid men on the right, grouped into a small news exchange company, someone even rolled on horse carts, well, of course, kids – with clubs, on skates, on sledges.

   Here in the left front corner we see water carriers delivering water from the hole to the house or to the inn. Further, ice-frozen boats that are used by skaters as benches for relaxation. In the middle of the river, someone fell, and good citizens rush to help him. Who glides in proud loneliness, and who gathers in “passengers” and rolls a noisy crowd on ice.

   Very realistic, with carefully and painstakingly prescribed the smallest details, with a joyful sense of childhood, this is the work of a talented Dutchman.

   It is very interesting to look at the picture without rushing, moving from one group of people to another. At the same time, immerse yourself in that era, reflecting and presenting the life, life and entertainment of ordinary inhabitants of the town.