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Title Winter Landscape with Buildings and Skaters
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to manner of Boudewyns, Frans (Flemish draftsman and engraver, active 1720, died 1766)
Attributed to imitator of Bout, Peeter (Flemish painter, 1658-1719)
Date Earliest possibly about 1675
Date Latest possibly about 1725
Description This painting follows the formula popularised by Pieter Bout and Adriaen Frans Boudewyns. The taste for winter scenes, like the frosty landscape represented in this painting, spread earlier and lasted longer in the Southern Netherlands than in the North. The genre element dominates the depiction of skaters enjoying winter sports on the frozen river. The round tower and the cottages with figures pursuing their everyday tasks suggest a taste for the picturesque which is closer to eighteenth-century painting than to seventeenth-century naturalism. The notes of local colour in the foreground also depart from the tonality of the earlier tradition in Netherlandish landscape painting.
Current Accession Number B.M.223
Former Accession Number No. 250
Subject landscape; figure; everyday life
Measurements 22.8 x 29.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes Possibly a late imitation of the sort of winter landscapes made by Bout and Boudewyns. The imitation may have been prompted by the popularity of this genre in the eighteenth century.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón



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