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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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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

Johannes Josephus Destrée | Skating on the Spaarne with the windmill De Adriaan and the St. Bavokerk, Haarlem, watercolour on paper, 36.5 x 56.6 cm, signed l.r.

Johannes Josephus Destrée

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Skating on the Spaarne with the windmill De Adriaan and the St. Bavokerk, Haarlem

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

Johannes Hilverdink | A winter day on the ice, oil on panel, 24.7 x 31.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '49

Johannes Hilverdink

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A winter day on the ice, 1849

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, 1909

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, 1842

Frederik Marinus Kruseman | A frozen river with figures and sledges, oil on panel, 24.3 x 32.7 cm

Frederik Marinus Kruseman

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A frozen river with figures and sledges

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

Charles Leickert | Dutch winter landscape with a sledge and figures on the ice, oil on panel, 24.4 x 32.5 cm, signed l.r.

Charles Leickert

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Dutch winter landscape with a sledge and figures on the ice

Jan Gerard Smits | Children on a frozen river, watercolour and gouache on paper, 26.5 x 35.5 cm

Jan Gerard Smits

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Children on a frozen river

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler | Skaters on the ice in an upcoming snowstorm, oil on canvas, 44.3 x 34.9 cm, signed l.r.

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler

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Skaters on the ice in an upcoming snowstorm

Gillis Haanen | Night scene on the ice by a koek-en-zopie, oil on canvas, 45.2 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

Gillis Haanen

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Night scene on the ice by a koek-en-zopie

Matthias Parré | Ice scene with figures and a barge stuck in the ice, oil on panel, 35.4 x 44.9 cm

Matthias Parré

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Ice scene with figures and a barge stuck in the ice

Jan Evert Morel II | Winter landscape with skaters, a town in the distance, oil on panel, 20.2 x 28.5 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Evert Morel II

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Winter landscape with skaters, a town in the distance

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler | Winter landscape with skaters, oil on canvas, 43.5 x 57.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '57

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler

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Winter landscape with skaters, 1857

Charles Leickert | A frozen landscape with wood gatherers, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 35.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '63

Charles Leickert

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A frozen landscape with wood gatherers, 1863

Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate | Skaters in a snowy winterlandscape, oil on panel, 25.8 x 31.9 cm, signed l.r.

Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate

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Skaters in a snowy winterlandscape

Andreas Schelfhout | A snowy winter landscape, oil on panel, 13.7 x 19.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1857

Andreas Schelfhout

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A snowy winter landscape, 1857

Jan Jacob Spohler | Skaters and 'koek-en-zopie' on a frozen river, oil on panel, 43.0 x 59.0 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Jacob Spohler

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Skaters and 'koek-en-zopie' on a frozen river

Andreas Schelfhout | A snowy landscape with figures on a frozen ditch, oil on panel, 53.2 x 71.0 cm, signed l.c. and painted ca. 1815-1820

Andreas Schelfhout

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A snowy landscape with figures on a frozen ditch, ca. 1815-1820

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Winter landscape with horse sleigh on the ice, oil on canvas, 44.0 x 58.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1824

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

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Winter landscape with horse sleigh on the ice, 1824

Willem Bodeman | A winter landscape with skaters and wood gatherers, oil on canvas, 43.0 x 54.0 cm, signed l.c. and l.r. (indistinctly) and dated '38 and 1838

Willem Bodeman

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A winter landscape with skaters and wood gatherers, 1838

Charles Leickert | A winter scene with skaters and a fishing ship stuck in the ice, oil on canvas, 60.4 x 84.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '56

Charles Leickert

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A winter scene with skaters and a fishing ship stuck in the ice, 1856

Simon Andreas Krausz | Skaters by moonlight, oil on panel, 21.6 x 18.3 cm

Simon Andreas Krausz

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Skaters by moonlight

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A Lower Rhine winter landscape with a church inspired by the church at Aerdt, oil on canvas, 39.7 x 52.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1837

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

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A Lower Rhine winter landscape with a church inspired by the church at Aerdt, 1837

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler | A winter landscape with skaters on a frozen river, oil on panel, 21.5 x 27.1 cm, signed l.l.

Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler

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A winter landscape with skaters on a frozen river


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