Sports on a Frozen River

Aert van der Neer Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 615

Van der Neer’s special interest in effects of light and atmosphere found an ideal subject in this winter scene. Here, the brilliant illumination of the sunset is diffused throughout the landscape by its reflection in the ice. Diminutive figures amuse themselves by skating, sledding, and playing kolf, a game combining features of modern ice hockey and golf.

Sports on a Frozen River, Aert van der Neer (Dutch, Gorinchem 1603/4–1677 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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