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One of Van der Neer’s most accomplished evocations of wintry light, it is one of several scenes in which the artist depicts falling snow. Flickering dabs of white paint highlight the branches of trees, lightly powder the shoulders of some of the figures and lie scattered on the rough ground. The sparse landscape, and bent trees and figures convey the impression of wind and cold, while the sudden burst of light escaping from slate-coloured clouds suggests the eerie light of snowfall.
oil on canvas
H 61 x W 75 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford by 1866; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897