A very nice example of a large-scale painting by Charles Leickert. The threat in the air and the very atmospheric rendering of this cold winters day are especially characteristic of Leickert's work. The glowing cloud, hanging just behind the ruin, shows Leickerts's great talent for anecdotal detail.
Each group of figures depicted on the ice seems to create their own story. Such as the figures around the horse-drawn sleigh or the group near the 'koek-en zopie' (refreshments) stand in the background. Set against this expansive landscape, the towering trees and the decay of man-made structures in the background however, they seem insignificant.
The ruin on the right is very reminiscent of the ruin depicted in a painting by Charles Leickert of the same dimensions as this work, which sold on October 24, 2000 in Amsterdam for about 140,000 NLG (70.000 USD).

Artist: Charles Leickert (1816-1907)
Size: 64 x 100
Signed: Bottom right
Material: Oil on canvas

Price: on request


Charles Henri Joseph Leickert (1816 - 1907). Leickert was born in Brussels. Later Leickert moved to The Hague, where he also went to study at the Academy of Visual Arts. He was apprenticed for a short time under the early deceased painter W.J.J. Nuijen and was a pupil of Andreas Schelfhout from 1839 onward. His influence is clearly reflected in the use of light, subject and atmosphere.
In 1849 Leickert moved to Amsterdam, where he became a member of Arti et Amicitiae that same year. He also became a member of the Royal Academy in Amsterdam in 1856.
Leickert was a very prolific painter who left behind a great oeuvre and is still regarded today as the favorite of many collectors.


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