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A frozen canal that leads to infinity, a cake-and-zopi tent, frozen boats and skaters; together they depict the ice scene as people like to see it. As early as the 17th century, painters specialized in winter landscapes that the buyer experienced as typically Dutch. Hendrick Avercamp became famous for his ice entertainment and skaters, for which he found examples in his immediate vicinity. In the 19th century, when many Dutch artists consciously sought a connection with 17th century painting, the ice scene was a popular and widely practiced genre.

The "Claude Lorrain of Winter Scenes"
Andreas Schelfhout was one of the most famous ice-view painters in the early 19th century, praised by critics as the "Claude Lorrain of winter scenes". Nobody surpassed him in the depiction of the deep black, reflective ice, the jagged cracks and skate tracks, the play of light and shadow and high, spectacular cloudy skies. The refined elaboration and realistic details were also reasons for its popularity. Schelfhout had many pupils, including Charles Leickert, Nicolaas Roosenboom and Johannes Franciscus Hoppenbrouwers, who faithfully followed their teacher in terms of composition and elaboration. It was very different with his student J.B. Young child. "Skaters and push sledge on frozen canal", painted in 1844, is one of his earliest ice scenes and was still entirely influenced by Schelfhout. At the time, Jongkind was still working in the master's studio, although he was already gaining some fame. Two years later, in 1846, he left for France. He continues to paint Dutch ice scenes there because they are very popular with the French. But Schelfhout's precise brushwork and romantic composition are hard to find. He exchanged these for the fast, loose strokes that would give him the reputation of forerunner of Impressionism.

Haage School, Impressionists and Luminists
The painters of the Hague School set out to capture nature 'en plein air', but are less attracted to frozen canals and fun on the ice. Painters such as Anton Mauve and Louis Apol may paint the winter landscape, but the emphasis is on the representation of the mood in nature. Yet there are also contemporaries who use the Dutch ice fun to capture the special light and the impression of the moment. The Rotterdammer J.H. van Mastenbroek may have been influenced for his icy face by Jongkind, who was friends with his father. But he was also an active skater, who in winter regularly joined the irons on the Rotterdam lakes or made trips through the snowy South Holland polder landscape. Outside, he made sketches on the spot, "impressions", which he worked out in his studio, with the impressions still fresh in his mind. Amsterdam luminist H.J. Wolter often painted quickly, outdoors, so as not to miss any of the impressions he could gain in that brief moment. And although the skaters are clearly present, the narrative element has been completely let go and the ice face has become a colorful and tingling impression of a sunny, winter skating day on the Boerenwetering.

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Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Skaters in a winter landscape, oil on panel, 15.5 x 19.5 cm, signed l.c. with initials and painted  jaren '30

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

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Skaters in a winter landscape

Charles Leickert | Skaters on a frozen waterway near the 'Leidsche Hek' in Oegstgeest, oil on panel, 25.0 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r.

Charles Leickert

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Skaters on a frozen waterway near the 'Leidsche Hek' in Oegstgeest

Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn | Ice scene with skaters and sleds, oil on panel, 23.0 x 31.7 cm, signed l.r.

Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn

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Ice scene with skaters and sleds

Charles Leickert | Dutch winter with skaters at sunset, oil on panel, 33.8 x 48.2 cm, signed l.r.

Charles Leickert

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Dutch winter with skaters at sunset

Louis Apol | The Willem Barentsz on Nova Zembla at sunset, oil on ceramic, signed l.l. with initials

Louis Apol

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The Willem Barentsz on Nova Zembla at sunset

Jan Jacob Spohler | Ice scene with skaters, sleds and a 'koek-en-zopie', oil on canvas, 59.7 x 82.2 cm

Jan Jacob Spohler

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Ice scene with skaters, sleds and a 'koek-en-zopie'

Jan Jacob Spohler | Ice scene with skaters near a windmill on a cloudy day, oil on panel, 24.1 x 31.7 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Jacob Spohler

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Ice scene with skaters near a windmill on a cloudy day

Wijnand Nuijen | Frozen landscape with figures and a shipyard, oil on panel, 23.4 x 29.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1830

Wijnand Nuijen

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Frozen landscape with figures and a shipyard

Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn | Snowy landscape with skater and sledge on a frozen river, watercolour on paper, 17.6 x 26.4 cm, signed on the reverse

Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn

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Snowy landscape with skater and sledge on a frozen river

Anthony Andreas de Meijier | Skaters on a frozen river near a town, oil on panel, 52.1 x 72.1 cm, signed l.l.

Anthony Andreas de Meijier

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Skaters on a frozen river near a town

Charles Leickert | Skaters at sunset, oil on panel, 17.0 x 21.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1850

Charles Leickert

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Skaters at sunset

Wouterus Verschuur | Carters with mallejan in a winter landscape, oil on panel, 27.2 x 35.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1849

Wouterus Verschuur

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Carters with mallejan in a winter landscape

Adolf Stademann | Skaters on a frozen waterway, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 33.5 x 46.2 cm, signed l.l.

Adolf Stademann

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Skaters on a frozen waterway

Andreas Schelfhout | A hunter and skaters on the ice along the edge of the forest, oil on panel, 31.1 x 24.3 cm

Andreas Schelfhout

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A hunter and skaters on the ice along the edge of the forest

Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate | Gathering at a skating competition, ink and watercolour on paper, 19.4 x 27.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1832

Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate

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Gathering at a skating competition

Remigius Adrianus Haanen | Three landscapes: Summer landscape - Figures on the ice - Wooded landscape, oil on tin, 8.0 x 12.3 cm, signed l.r. (2) and l.l. (1) with monogram

Remigius Adrianus Haanen

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Three landscapes: Summer landscape - Figures on the ice - Wooded landscape

Willem Vester | Skaters on the ice near a castle ruin, oil on canvas, 82.1 x 124.8 cm, signed l.l.

Willem Vester

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Skaters on the ice near a castle ruin

Nicolaas Roosenboom | Figures on the ice in an approaching storm, oil on panel, 49.1 x 75.1 cm, signed l.l.

Nicolaas Roosenboom

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Figures on the ice in an approaching storm

Pieter van Borselen | Skaters on flooded meadows, pencil and watercolour on paper, 17.1 x 27.1 cm

Pieter van Borselen

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Skaters on flooded meadows

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler | Skating fun in a winter landscape, oil on canvas, 44.0 x 67.1 cm, signed l.l.

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler

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Skating fun in a winter landscape

Adolf Stademann | Winter pleasures on ice, oil on panel, 28.1 x 39.9 cm, signed l.l.

Adolf Stademann

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Winter pleasures on ice

Johann Bernard Klombeck | Winter landscape with skaters and wood gatherer, oil on panel, 22.9 x 31.3 cm, signed l.l. with initials and dated 1841

Johann Bernard Klombeck

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Winter landscape with skaters and wood gatherer

Daniël Jordens | Skaters on a frozen river, oil on canvas laid down on board, 27.3 x 59.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1909

Daniël Jordens

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Skaters on a frozen river

Johannes Hilverdink | A cold winter´s day with figures on the ice near a windmill, oil on canvas, 40.0 x 50.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1842

Johannes Hilverdink

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A cold winter´s day with figures on the ice near a windmill

Andreas Schelfhout | Skater with a copper milk can on a sledge, watercolour on paper, 23.0 x 21.0 cm, signed l.l.

Andreas Schelfhout

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Skater with a copper milk can on a sledge

Charles Leickert | Winter landscape with upcoming snowstorm, oil on panel, 23.0 x 34.9 cm, signed l.r.

Charles Leickert

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Winter landscape with upcoming snowstorm

Adolf Stademann | Skating fun at sunset, oil on canvas, 81.7 x 136.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '85

Adolf Stademann

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Skating fun at sunset

Adolf Stademann | Winter landscape with horse and cart and children on the ice, oil on canvas, 31.0 x 56.0 cm, signed l.r.

Adolf Stademann

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Winter landscape with horse and cart and children on the ice


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