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Figures on a Frozen Canal Gm-00012601

Figures on a Frozen Canal Gm-00012601

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Gerrit Battem (Dutch, about 1636–1684) Heavy, opaque bodycolor effectively conveys the accretion of snow on the rooftops and riverbank, the dripping icicles in the trees, and the wintry cloud cover. The bodycolor's weight and solidity harmonizes with the muted brown and gray color scheme. Subtly but effectively, Gerrit Battem also added the slightest touches of vivid blue and red to animate the scene.

Figures on a Frozen Canal belongs to a group of whimsical winter cityscapes that Battem made as independent works of art. The luminous bodycolor he chose to use may signal that he intended these drawings to resemble oil paintings.

Winter landscapes with peasants had been a fixture of Netherlandish art since the time of Pieter Bruegel the Elder in the 1500s. In the early 1600s, Hendrik Avercamp continued and enlivened the tradition, packing his paintings with incidental detail and brightly colored costumes. Like his predecessor, Battem filled his scene with fun and anecdote as well as fanciful architecture and expressive, skeletonlike trees.

Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

All of our products are popular and custom made by hand to order, please allow 2-4 weeks to make them and 1-2 weeks for shipment anywhere in the world.

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Artwork in this collection is from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Reproduction rights are reserved by the copyright owner and used under license by Archivea GmbH. .

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