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Anthonie Verstraelen
ICE SCENE
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Anthonie Verstraelen
ICE SCENE
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18,00022,000
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Anthonie Verstraelen
GORINCHEM 1594 - 1641 AMSTERDAM
ICE SCENE
Pen and brown ink and watercolour, heightened with white, within brown ink framing lines, on buff paper;
signed with initials, lower left: A v S f
172 by 286 mm
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Catalogue Note

Along with Arent Arentsz. van der Cabel (circa 1585-1631), Anthonie Verstraelen was one of the closest followers of the greatest Dutch master of the ice scene, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634).  After his apprenticeship in Amsterdam, Avercamp seems to have lived exclusively in Kampen, and it is not clear where and when the Amsterdam based artists Verstraelen and Van der Cabel were exposed to his later works.  Yet they both became the chief Amsterdam-based exponents of Avercamp's distinctive approach to this quintessentially Dutch subject matter. 

Avercamp's relatively rare drawings often, like here, depict relatively large scale, elegant figures, enjoying in various ways the pleasures afforded by frozen waterways.  Avercamp also frequently added rather decorative colouring like this to make his pen and ink drawings more pictorial.  Verstraelen is, though, more or less unknown as a draughtsman: the only other drawing that has been reasonably plausibly attributed to him is a town view, bearing a later 17th-century attribution to the artist, recently sold in New York.1  The present drawing is, however, signed with initials in the lower left corner, in a form familiar from the artist's paintings, and the similarities of composition and style both with Verstraelen's paintings, and with the drawings of Avercamp, strongly suggest that this is the only substantial drawing that we have from the hand of this significant master of the Dutch ice scene.  Furthermore, it seems very possible that the sketchy view in the background can be identified as Verstraelen's native Gorinchem.

1.  Sale, New York, Christie's, 25 January 2007, lot 61 (as Anthonie van Stralen)

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