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Imitator of Johan Barthold Jongkind, Skating in Holland

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Full title Skating in Holland
Artist Imitator of Johan Barthold Jongkind
Artist dates 1819 - 1891
Date made about 1890-1900?
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 31.8 × 46.4 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917, The National Gallery, London. In partnership with Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
Inventory number NG3253
Location On loan: Long Loan to The Hugh Lane (2019 - 2031), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Collection Main Collection
Skating in Holland
Imitator of Johan Barthold Jongkind

In seventeenth-century Holland there was a fashion for depictions of winter scenes; this was a period of harsh winters that brought heavy snowfall and caused rivers to freeze over. This scene with people skating on a frozen river in Holland is similar to pictures made by Johan Barthold Jongkind, who was working in this older tradition in the 1860s, but is probably a forgery made by an imitator of Jongkind’s style.

Although Jongkind spent most of his working life in Paris, he returned to the Netherlands in 1855 and stayed there until 1860. He produced several views of his native Holland, which the imitator has tried to evoke in this picture. The limited colour palette of muted greys and the short, rapid brushstrokes used to apply the paint are also evocative of Jongkind’s pictures.

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