Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age
March 21 – July 5, 2010
West Building Main Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: In the first exhibition devoted to Dutch landscape artist Hendrick Avercamp (1585–1634), scenes of skating, sleigh rides, and outdoor games on frozen canals and waterways bring to life the lively pastimes and day-to-day bustle of the Golden Age. Displayed in the intimate Dutch Cabinet Galleries, some 14 paintings and 16 drawings capture the harsh winters of the period and the activities they made possible. Avercamp—the first artist to specialize in painting winter landscapes that feature people enjoying themselves on the ice—made the "ice scene" a genre in its own right. Within these winter scenes is a social narrative as well: unencumbered by status, all classes formed one community on the ice. Avercamp was also an outstanding draftsman who made individual figure studies that he utilized not only in his painted work but also in compositional drawings.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Image: Hendrick Avercamp, Winter Games on the Frozen River Ijssel, c. 1626, pen and black and gray ink with watercolor, gouache, and graphite on laid paper; laid down, Woodner Collection, Gift of Andrea Woodner, 2006.11.3

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Audio and Video

Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age: Part 2, One Community on the Ice
Audio, Released: April 13, 2010, (22:25 minutes)
Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age: Part 1, Winter Landscapes
Audio, Released: April 6, 2010, (19:31 minutes)