“Handrik Averkamp ice skating behind city walls” – a description of the picture

“Handrik Averkamp ice skating behind city walls” – a description of the picture
“Handrik Averkamp ice skating behind city walls” - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by Hendrik Averkamp
  • Museum: National Gallery (London)
  • Year: Around 1615

Description of the picture :

Skating outside the city walls – Hendrik Barents Averkamp. Around 1615. Wood, butter. 58×89.8

   Hendrik Barents is one of the largest Dutch Baroque painters, has entered the history of art under the nickname Averkamp, which means “the dumb of Kampen,” he really was deaf and dumb. There is a certain pattern: the absence of any of the feelings in a person often exacerbates another. The predisposition of the blind to music is known (a image in art and literature – “blind musician”), lack of hearing exacerbates vision.

   The art manner of Averkamp was largely formed under the influence of Peter Bragel the Elder, but he created his own more decorative style, remained alien to the social problems of the great predecessor. The amazing subtlety of the picturesque palette and diversity manifested themselves very clearly and vividly already in the paintings of the early period of creativity, these were mainly winter landscapes and views.

   All the artist’s works are characterized by a high horizon, which allows you to depict a wide space. As a rule, these are ice-stretched rivers, a pond or a canal on which it is very crowded. It seems that the entire population of a city or village has come to skate, a raised mood reigns.

   The art of Averkamp has not undergone dramatic changes, and a clear idea of its style can be made for this work. The artist perfectly conveyed the elusively changing winter day lighting, its silver color scheme, the cold transparency of the winter sky is felt. The smallest details, figures are written out by a master with care, testifying to the love of the image.