Klaes Molenaer
Dutch, 1630-1676
Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Partial to landscapes and genre paintings—peasants, seascapes, and winter scenes—Dutch artist Klaes Molenaer painted his surroundings in Haarlem, Holland, where he was born and based his entire career. Favoring the winter landscape, Molenaer illustrated frozen canals, ice skaters, barren trees, and snow-covered buildings as in Winter Landscape with Skaters (1660). Molenaer worked in the legacy of Hendrick Avercamp, whose characteristic wintertime elements date back to 1608. In the tradition of Avercamp, Molenaer painted winters of the Netherlands, further influenced by fellow landscape painters Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael and in a genre popularized by more renowned contemporaries Isaac van Ostade and Salomon van Ruysdael.

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