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

Sports on a Frozen River

c. 1660
Oil on wood, 23 x 35 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This is a mature work of the artist, probably dating from about 1660. The majority of Aert van der Neer's little winter scenes, which number more than two hundred, depict figures on a frozen river or canal. These mostly panoramic compositions recall the designs of Hendrick Avercamp, rather than those of the younger painters who were active in the area of Amsterdam and Haarlem.