Window Gate (Raampoortje)

…by the famous artist Wouter Troostwijk

painting by the famous artist Wouter Troostwijk

Painted in the year preceding his early death at 28, this oil on canvas by the Dutch painter Wouter Troostwijk (1782-1810) depicts Amsterdam in winter. There’s a quiet beauty to this somber, snow and ice-filled landscape with a sky full of smoky haze from the numerous chimneys in the town. Few people are about further illustrating the coldness of the winter day. The setting overlooks the canal, a bridge over the canal and the streets above. Houses line the canal’s waters and a church steeple is almost hidden by all of the chimney smoke.

To learn more about the artist and to see some of his other works, please visit Biography of Wouter Troostwijk.