Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1622-1666) Figures skating on a frozen lake
Lot 65
Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1622-1666) A winter landscape with figures skating and playing kolf on a frozen river at the edge of a town
Sold for £344,800 (US$ 559,999) inc. premium

Lot Details
Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1622-1666)
A winter landscape with figures skating and playing kolf on a frozen river at the edge of a town
signed 'J Beertsraten' (lower right)
oil on canvas
91 x 129.5cm (35 13/16 x 51in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired by the family in the early 20th century and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten was the most successful of a family of painters. Both he and his eldest son, Abraham, specialised particularly in paintings of winter townscapes (as well as sea battles and southern sea ports). Jan Abrhamsz. may initially have been a pupil of Claes Claesz. Wou, a marine painter in the Flemish tradition. However, this artist's dark grey and pink tints along with his thin, delicate trees with the snow indicated by tiny crisp brushstrokes are believed to have reflected the influence of Jacob Ruisdael; while such treatment has also been seen as a revival of Flemish characteristics reminiscent of the circle of Jan Brueghel the Elder and Joos de Momper.
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