This is a powerful little painting of The Netherlands, 6 1/8" by 8 3/4", painted on a wood panel, and a narrow simple frame, signed at lower left in the paint by well listed German artist ADOLF STADEMANN (1824-1895). Despite its size, the wonderful quality of this oil is immediately apparent. The artist, who specialized in this "Eisvergnugen" (roughly translated from the German as "ice play" or "enjoyment on the ice"), has captured a bleak winter sunset, with low clouds possibly giving way to a streak of sun at the very end of the day, suggesting a better day tomorrow. There are close to twenty figures in this scene, not to mention a horse and a dog....where to draw the line on what is a figure is to be left to the imagination of the viewer, as some are just suggested by merely a vertical line. This painting really needs an impressive, wide, vintage gilt frame to bring out the power in the scene. Note that what might appear to be flaking or alligatoring of the paint is actually, upon close examination, the actual technique of the artist, as he pushed the paint around to reveal the stroke of the brush or perhaps the wood tip of that brush. All in all, it is pretty obvious that an artist of immense talent created this gem. Stademann's works come up for auction with some frequency in Europe. They are often rather small in scale, like this example. Condition is excellent and this could be enjoyed immediately.
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