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Typical of the atmospheric silver-grey winter scenes produced by Ostade in the 1640s, this picture successfully integrates anecdotal detail, figures playing and going about their business on the ice, within a convincing evocation of the winter landscape. Such cheerful scenes appear to have been extremely successful with contemporaries and several artists, including Steen and Wouwermans (qq.v.; cf. Wouwermans P65 and P218), copied Ostade’s approach and distinctive silvery tonality.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

mid-1640s

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 86.4 x W 107.5 cm

Accession number

P73

Acquisition method

acquired by Lady Wallace, between 1890 and 1897; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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