Winter Landscape with Tower

The artist has depicted a barren winter day in the flat Dutch landscape. At left, a rustic tower with an adjoining well rises above a spray of leafless trees. At right a frozen river stretches into the distance while men play kolf and skate on the ice. In the foreground are a moored boat and an outhouse, and there is a farm shack in the distance. The gray washes in the sky heighten the sense of frigid winter weather.

Pen and brown ink, brown and gray wash, incised for transfer (about 1613-1614)

by Esaias van de Velde (Dutch, 1587-1630)

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