Cross channel ferries lead travellers to Hendrick Avercamp exhibition30.12.2009
Those heading to Holland on cross channel ferries still have the chance to see the Rijksmuseum"s exhibition of winter landscapes by Hendrick Avercamp.
The show is the first ever to be devoted to the artist, who specialised in scenes of people enjoying icy conditions. The exhibition is currently open and runs until February 15th.
Avercamp"s 17th century vistas feature scenes such as snowball fights, couples skating and people falling on the ice that continue to enchant viewers to this day.
The artist"s attention to detail and diversity of figures show the fashions of the time among countryfolk and fishermen, right up to the highest aristocrats, while the snowscapes demonstrate the significance that winter holds for the Dutch people.
Contemporary sources indicate that Avercamp was probably deaf and the Rijksmuseum is taking the opportunity of this show to launch a tour in sign language and a wider educational programme for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
Those travelling by ferry to see the exhibition next month can also catch a one-off lecture on the artist by Professor Arthur Wheelock, senior curator in 17th century paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, on January 16th.
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