It seems the Dutch painters always had a special thing for showing the winter in their country. In today’s Art Blogmas we’re hosting one of the most famous Dutch 17th-century landscape painters, Jacob van Ruisdael and his Winter Landscape.

Art Blogmas 2020

Jacob van Ruisdael is a Dutch Golden Age painter who specialised in the landscape paintings representing his country. It was something quite popular during that time. Among his work, he left several winter landscapes, one of which we’re hosting in our Art Blogmas today.

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Jacob van Ruisdael: Winter Landscape

In his Winter Landscape, Ruisdael includes a few motifs so typical for the Netherlands – windmills, frozen canal and a woman dressed in traditional Dutch clothes from the 17th century.

During the 17th century, Dutch painters looked for the motif that will start symbolising the Netherlands on their landscape paintings. They have soon found it in a cloudy sky.

To show it as well, Ruisdael has a low horizon on his painting, so he can stress that dark cloudy, typical Dutch sky. He’s using muted and darker colours to show the winter mood in the Netherlands.

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Similar as it was on Hendrick Avercamp’s Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters, he wasn’t showing the nature only, but also people in it. We can see two men collecting the branches. A woman is slowly walking towards the village. And some people who are enjoying the winter – two men ice skating on a frozen canal.

By showing different activities, these 17th-century Dutch painters were quite successful in capturing the real-life and focusing on the realism in their paintings.

If you don’t want to miss other paintings I’m going to share with you in this year’s Art Blogmas, be sure to check in here tomorrow at 7:30 am. Or, follow along on Culture Tourist Facebook page and Instagram profile.