Agnes Tait – Skating in Central Park (1934)

A year ago I was sharing with you Hendrick Avercamp’s Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters, an early-17th century outdoors scene depicting the dwellers of a Dutch community having fun and making the most of the cold weather. This year, however, we’re going to 20th century New York. American painter Agnes Tait would probably be completely…

Hendrick Avercamp – Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters (c. 1608)

Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters was painted in 1608, when the Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp (1585 – 1634)  was supposedly living in Amsterdam. There, he depicted the city life during winter, when the canals would freeze and its dwellers would use them as ice rinks, skating and playing kolf, a Dutch game very similar to…