This large, framed winter scene painting of draft horses in the snow, is by an unknown Belgian artist. From the 14th century to the early 1800’s, much of the Northern Hemisphere experienced a climate change, resulting in a “little ice age”. From 1550-1725, a severe cold covered Flanders (now Belgium), often culminating in snow and ice for months at a time. This led to many Belgian artists to paint winter scenes, such as the one seen here.
To depict a typical winter day, the artist utilized gray, cream, brown and white to create a relatively sunless atmosphere. White snow blankets the ground while the forest in the background is barely visible.
Four yoked horses can be seen in the foreground. A man loads recently cut logs into a large cart behind the horses as a white dog stands near a pile of more logs on the ground. A second man stands beside the lead horses and watches two more loggers near a large leafless tree. One of these men has a bundle of wood strapped to his back, while the other man readies two horses. A second cart is packed full of logs behind the horses.
The painting is signed and dated in the bottom right corner, possibly “J DeGran 1957”. The canvas is surrounded by a green frame with undulating gilded molding on the inner and outer edges. The frame provides a bright contrast to the wintry genre scene.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor rubs and fleabites to frame. Slight buildup on canvas. Two hooks have been installed on the back for hanging purposes.