LEYTENS, Gysbrecht
(b. 1586, Antwerpen, d. ca. 1656, Antwerpen)

Winter Landscape

Oil on panel, 72 x 105 cm
Private collection

This painting depicts a winter landscape with people strolling on the banks of a frozen river where children play. The finely and meticulously executed winter landscape could be compared to lace. A master of frost, Gysbrecht Leytens offers us dazzling proof of his talent.

With artists such as Brueghel and Grimmer, but also Denijs van Alsloot and van Heil, the winter landscape became one of the choice subjects of Flemish painting. This taste naturally passed into Dutch painting, as can be seen in the magnificent winter landscapes by Avercamp, van der Neer and Verstralen.

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