Isack van Ostade specialised in the depiction of winter scenes. This outstanding example is, like 'The Outskirts of a Village', difficult to date with any certainty within the artist's short working life. Generally, it seems that his early work is closely dependent on his brother Adriaen's early peasant interiors; in his later years he was more interested in outdoor scenes, often winter pieces.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1621 - 1649
Full title
A Winter Scene
Date made
1640s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
48.8 x 40 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG848
Location in Gallery