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Esaias van de Velde I

Frozen Canal before a Farm in Winter

Esaias van de Velde I Dutch, 1587-1630
Frozen Canal before a Farm in Winter, ca. 1628
Charcoal, brush and wash onpaper
19.2 x 29.4 cm (7 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches)
Anonymous gift 61.075

  • Like many Dutch artists of the seventeenth century, Esaias van de Velde specialized in naturalistic landscapes without mythological or religious associations, such as this delicate chalk drawing of a Frozen Canal before a Farm in Winter. Choosing a low viewpoint, van de Velde captured the inclement northern weather and bitter cold of the season as he depicted ice skating, a favorite winter pastime, in front of an orderly but aged farm. Scenes of everyday life appealed to van de Velde’s middle-class patrons in the Dutch Republic, who increasingly sought finished drawings as well as paintings for their personal collections.

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