As a student of Andreas Schelfhout, Kleijn learnt perfectly how to paint figures on lifelike reflecting ice. Here we see a frozen river in between two snow-covered riverbanks. Through the hazy winter atmosphere in the distance Kleijn depicted the skyline of a, probably fantasised, Dutch town. The windmill on the left shore strongly contrasts with the slightly orange sky, creating depth in the scene and therefore acting as a repoussoir. A ‘koek-en-zopie’ in the foreground, the stall with the Dutch flag hanging out, is attracting figures with hot drinks and snacks.
Christie's Amsterdam, 20 November 1986, lot 164-165;
Private collection, The Netherlands
'The Netherlands, Here I Am; 19th century painting from the Artykwariat Gallery, The National Museum in Poznan, Leslie Smith Gallery, and private collectors', May 5 - June 4, 2011. Artykwariat Gallery, Poznan, Poland.
Loosduinen, The Netherlands
The Hague, The Netherlands
Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn was born on 14th August 1817 in the town of Loosduinen, close to The Hague. Little is known of the artist's early training but he must have shown great promise as he was admitted to the studio of the great master Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870) in The Hague. Schelfhout was one of the most important landscape artists of the Romantic School of painters and was a mu . . .