Winter Landscape with Skaters and a Covered Wagon Near a Church

by Frederik Marinus Kruseman



DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 27.8 x 39.8 ins/ 70.6 x 101.1 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left and dated 1870
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5135 Categories: ,

This beautiful winter scene transports the beholder to a fantastical midwinter landscape, showing figures interacting with the coldness each in their own way. Some are carrying on with their day-to-day household tasks such as fishing or gathering wood whilst others appear to be gleefully riding a sleigh through the snow.

Kruseman came from a family of artists and distinguishes himself from his family with his romantic and uplifting winter landscapes, such as this. Here Kruseman has carefully constructed a Romanticized landscape with the trees and snow around the frozen river being depicted by the artist in such a way that the viewer could imagine stepping into the scene themselves. Likewise, the attention to detail in depicting natural light effects has been carefully observed, with the scene seeming to be illuminated from within.

The interplay of the figures on the path and the skating figures on the water along with the vast trees and expansive forest in the lower foreground suggest that nature reigns above man. This idea of a dominant nature was a common belief at the time Kruseman was painting and was one of the key ideas behind the Romantic Movement throughout Europe.


Phillips, London, 24.09.1979, Lot 110;
MacConnal-Mason Art Gallery, London;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Frederik Marinus Kruseman was a renowned landscape painter from the Dutch Romantic School. He was a pupil of Nicolaas Roosenboom (1805-1880) and of Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (1803-1862). Althought Koekkoek’s influence is apparent in Kruseman’s oeuvre, the artist created a very personal style. The majority of Kruseman’s paintings are winter landscapes with skaters, a very popular genre at that time. Typical for Kruseman’s works are his trees with meandering branches and the warm red evening skies above his landscapes.

The artist’s works can now be found in several museums across the globe including the Bibliothèque Royale Albert I in Brussels, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, and the Museum der Bildenden Kunste in Leipzig.


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