NEER, Aert van der
(b. 1603/04, Amsterdam, d. 1677, Amsterdam)

Frozen River at Sunset

c. 1660
Oil on oak panel, 46 x 70 cm
Private collection

This signed panel is a mature work by Aert van der Neer. It shows his fascination with the people and the world around him and most notably the effect of light on a winter landscape. While the broad frozen river stretching out to the horizon is reminiscent of Avercamp's compositions, Van der Neer chooses a lower viewpoint and reduces the number of figures, allowing our eyes to more comfortably follow the banks of the river as they appear to recede in the distance.