|Title||Trees, Castle and Skating Figures|
|Collection||Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum|
|Artist||Koekkoek, Marinus Adrianus, I (Dutch, 1807-1870)|
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1835|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1850|
|Description||In this work Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek has adapted his specialism of woodland landscape painting to the popular subject of a winter skating scene. The genre was a longstanding tradition of Dutch art. As well as depicting an aspect of everyday life, it also tested an artist's use of colour and light in reproducing the crisp white snow, the long shadows and the reflection of the ice. Here, Koekkoek has used the winter context to further advantage. Just as the bare branches are silhouetted against the pale winter sky, the white snow highlights the delicate form of the dark conifers.|
|Current Accession Number||1966:28|
|Former Accession Number||No. 709|
|Inscription||front lc 'M. A. Koekkoek ft.'|
|Subject||landscape; figure; everyday life|
|Measurements||45.6 x 60.2 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on panel|
|Acquisition Details||Given by Mrs Edward Gibbins 1966.|
|Publications||Wright, C., Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museums, Baron de Ferrieres Collection: Catalogue of Foreign Paintings from the De Ferrieres Collection and Other Sources, Cheltenham, 1988, p. 67.|
Back of panel: handwritten label difficult to read, 'H[?]. Luers[?] / 9.5.23' superimposed in blue ink 'Gul[?]agd'; stencilled in black '7OM' and '54IDP'; pencil, '36'; chalk '209[?]'.
Listed in Andrews, G., Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Service: Fine Art Collection: Checklist Catalogue, 1979, cat. no. 709.
Mrs Edward Gibbins, Woode End, Sandy Lane Road, Cheltenham.
|Rights Owner||Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums|
|Author||Dr Anne L. Cowe|