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Hendrick Avercamp: 'A Scene on the Ice near a Town'

Under the pale winter sky a frozen waterway receding into the far distance provides the stage for lively diversions upon the ice, such as 'kolf' (an early form of golf). It has been suggested that the town is Kampen, where Avercamp lived and worked, but it is more likely to be imaginary.

Avercamp, known as 'de stomme van Campen' (the mute of Kampen), became famous for his winter scenes.

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From The National Gallery Podcast: Episode Two, December 2006

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