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“Ice Land”, Hendrik Averkamp - description of the painting

“Ice Land”, Hendrik Averkamp - description of the painting

Iceland - Hendrick Averkamp. 25.4 x 37.5 cm

The works of the Dutch artist Hendrick Averkamp are very original, original and entertaining. Mute from Kampen was called by his contemporaries, but despite the fact that he was deaf and dumb, his works are vivid and eloquent.

In 1620, he paints a picture “Iceland”, the plot is almost no different from previous works. Winter landscapes, fun on ice - the artist’s favorite theme that he carried since childhood when he walked, played and skated with his peers and parents.

It was during the artist’s childhood (the last 25 years of the 16th century) that the coldest winters were recorded. All of Holland turned into a solid skating rink, which ordinary citizens only enjoyed and enjoyed as much as they could.

So, in the picture of Averkamp, ​​ice is not a hindrance at all, but only introduces additional revival to people's lives.

They continue to do their daily business - here the women on the left side of the picture wash their clothes in the hole in the ice or clean the fish, but the artisans hurry about their business. In the foreground, a group of men stopped and watches the game of a young man with a club. On the right, a funny scene - a full, wrapped in clothes woman chasing a small dog. And further, to the horizon, people glide on the ice, communicate, get to know each other, play, ride on carts and sledges.

To the right and left, the chained river is framed by houses, boats, and in the very depths of the picture, a fairytale castle peeps through the frosty air, introducing an additional sense of mystery and mystery that is inherent in childhood into the overall mood of the picture.

Thanks to the talent of Hendrick Averkamp, ​​we can now imagine that Holland in winter, modest, silver, white-gray colors, but very real, picturesque and cheerful.

The artist's works were in great demand among contemporaries. After all, he painted for them in small formats convenient for every citizen of Campena to hang her in his living room and remember the glorious and cheerful time.


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