National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age
March 21–July 5, 2010

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Exhibition Highlights

Works by
Hendrick Avercamp
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Biography of
Hendrick Avercamp

Art Talk: The Little Ice Age

Part 1, Winter Landscapes

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Part 2, One Community on the Ice
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Inside Scoop:
Hendrick Avercamp

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Painting in the Dutch Golden Age: A Profile
of the Seventeenth Century

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Collection Tour
Dutch Landscapes and Seascapes of the 1600s

Press Materials

Image: Hendrick Avercamp, Skaters and Tents along the Ice, c. 1620, oil on canvas, Frans Hals Museum, on loan from private collection 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.