About the artist
Avercamp was an Amsterdam native and likely underwent training under Pieter Isaacsz. He took inspiration initially from Flemish artists who were Pieter Bruegel the Elder's followers. Avercamp likely crossed paths with David Vinckboons, a follower of Bruegel who had moved to Amsterdam. His nephew, Barent Avercamp (1621-79), also adopted his painting style, as did others like Arent Arentsz.
Avercamp's artwork was distinct, often featuring detailed clusters of small figures connected through subtly graduated colour. These were carefully composed in the studio, based on keenly observed watercolour sketches.
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