Winter Landscape with Skater

Winter Landscape with Skater

1662

Jan van Kessel

(Dutch, 1641-1680)

Brush and black ink and grey wash over black chalk on cream laid paper; brown ink framing line

Sheet: 17.8 x 25.8 cm (7 x 10 3/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2019.7

Fun Fact

Frozen canals in 17th-century Holland were a mainstay of entertainment for skaters like the one seen in this drawing, providing access from town to town like roads.

Description

In this drawing, the Dutch landscape painter Jan van Kessel depicted a rustic rural scene showing rundown sheds beside a frozen canal with a small village church beyond. A skater glides under an overgrown stone bridge. Such rural landscape scenes, considered fundamentally Dutch, became the focus of the Dutch landscape school in the 17th century. Van Kessel was also noted for his trees; the central tree in this image was rendered with black chalk and grey ink wash to create a gently shimmering effect.

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