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

Skaters and Kolf Players on a Frozen River

Oil on canvas, 117 x 164 cm
Private collection

The picture shows skaters and kolf players on a frozen river bordering a village. Kolf is a centuries-old Dutch sport that continues to be played in the northern provinces. Kolf is a cousin of golf, but players use large curved clubs to roll large balls with the objective of striking sticks - one placed at either end of the court. The game can be played indoors or out, on dirt, ice, or wooden floors. It is often played in or near taverns, and the pace allows time for conversation.