With its low horizon and deeply receding space this is a characteristic composition by Aert van der Neer. Known for painting twilight and night scenes, Van der Neer also produced a number of winter scenes, featuring snowy landscapes, frozen rivers and people skating and playing 'kolf' (a type of hockey) on the ice. The sites depicted in this picture cannot be identified. Usually Van der Neer's landscapes were not intended to be topographically accurate.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1603/4 - 1677
Full title
A Frozen River near a Village, with Golfers and Skaters
Date made
about 1648
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
39.5 x 53 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by John Staniforth Beckett, 1889
Inventory number
NG1288
Location in Gallery