• Winter Scene

    Artist:
    Ostade, Isaak van. 1621-1649
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    71,5x113 cm

Ostade, Isaak van. 1621-1649

Winter Scene

Holland, circa 1648

The modest countryside of low-lying Holland was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for painters. One of its typical looks was recorded in Isaack van Ostade’s Winter Scene. A little village on the edge of a body of water with a coaching inn and a church with a spire; the background wrapped in a misty haze contains a windmill and the masts of laid-up fishing boats. A youngster is pushing himself across the ice on a wooden sledge using a couple of poles – in a hurry to have some fun before his mother sends him for brushwood or has him look after the younger children. Servants are preparing a grander conveyance for the wealthy urban couple who are also seeking amusement, but the peasant hastening on his way with a bundle of firewood is a reminder that winter does not mean pleasures and diversions for everyone. Ostade’s characteristic keen observation also manifests itself in the masterly conveying of the specific state of nature: looking at the painting you sense that the light penetrating through the veil of clouds is beginning to dim; the short winter’s day is drawing to a close and the early winter twilight is setting in. Sadly, Isaack van Ostade’s original talent was not destined to reveal itself fully: he died at the age of 28, just a year after producing this Winter Scene. Despite his brief life the artist did produce around 100 paintings, which help historians to recreate the life and ways of the 17th-century Dutch.

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Winter Scene

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oil

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71,5x113 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1768; acquired from the K. Cobenzl collection in Brussels

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ГЭ-906

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