The City Wall of Haarlem in the Winter
The City Wall of Haarlem in the Winter c1647 by Dutch Golden Age Painter Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem (1621/22 – 1683); known for his pastoral landscapes, as well as allegorical and genre artwork.
This is a genre painting of four men working on the outside of the city wall of Haarlem on a cold cloudy winter day, placing barrels on a sled that rest on a frozen river, as two dogs play and a horse looks on.
Farther down from these four men are two other men by a tree working by a boat trapped in the ice; and even further down ships that are docked in port in the frozen lake.
Along the wall which stretches the full length of the shore line are two towers with entrances and a scattering of boats and tree debris on both sides of the river bank.
This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.
Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem was a Dutch Golden Age painter who was active in the mid-17th century, specializing in pastoral landscapes, that were generally populated with mythological and biblical figures.
He was born in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1620 to Still Life Dutch Golden Age Painter Pieter Claesz (1597 – 1660); from which he received is first instruction, and later from Dutch Golden Age Painters Jan van Goyen (1596 – 1656), Pieter de Grebber (1600 – 1652/53), Jan Baptist Weenix (1621 – 1659), Jan Wils (1603 – 1666) and Claes Cornelisz Moeyaert (1592 – 1655).
Berchem is also known for his genre paintings, which depicted everyday life in the Dutch countryside and for his allegorical paintings.
During his lifetime Nicolaes is believed to have created some 850 paintings, 500 drawings and 80 etchings; and was particularly skilled at depicting animals and was known for his ability to capture the movement and energy of his subjects.