Oil on canvas: 70,5 x 101 cm
signed and dated: ‘FMKruseman fc 1864’
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Fredrik Marinus Kruseman was an important Dutch painter who specialized in Romantic style landscapes. He received his first drawing lessons from Jan Reekers (1790 – 1858) and attended the Vocational School in Haarlem from 1832 to 1833. That year, he began to study painting with Nicolaas Roosenboom and, in 1835, moved to the Gooi, where he took advanced studies with Jan van Ravenswaay.
After a short time back in Haarlem, he went to Kleve, where he painted landscapes and also briefly worked with the landscape painter, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek. He returned home in 1839. Two years later, he moved to Brussels where, except for a few months in Paris, he remained until 1852. After four years at home in Haarlem, he went back to Belgium and lived there until his death in 1882.
It is not surprising that the success of B.C. Koekkoek attracted young painters who wanted to become proficient in landscape painting. In Kleve so many students reported to him that the painter started a kind of painting school in 1841. The painter Frederik Marinus Kruseman was already much more formed when he came to Kleve in 1837. He had been taught by Nicolaas Roosenboom, known for his ice scenes, and afterwards by Jan van Ravenswaaij. There was therfore no question of a master-student relationship between the two painters, partly because Koekkoek had no permanent students before 1841. In Kruseman’s work, brushwork and motifs, especially the beautifully branched trees, refer to Koekkoek. From the 1860s onwards, he painted many ice scenes with fantasy buildings in addition to summer landscapes.