CAPPELLE, Jan van de
(b. 1626, Amsterdam, d. 1679, Amsterdam)
Oil on canvas, 40 x 45 cm
This painting shows a winter landscape by a frozen pond, a figure dragging a pile of driftwood and a mother and child by the gate of a house.
This work is part of a small group of winter landscapes by Jan van de Cappelle, who is better known for his marine paintings. His winter scenes are characterised by an austerity and restraint which sees figures subordinated to the subject of the landscape itself, its atmosphere, and light, expressed through a muted and subtle palette.