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Frederik van Frytom

Strollers in a Forest Lanscape

Frederik van Frytom is one of The Netherlands' best-known 17th century Delftware painters.

52.7 x 47.2 cm.


In January 2024, The Winter Show will be celebrating its 70th anniversary and honoring Aronson's 30th year of exhibiting in captivating New York. To mark this extraordinary occasion, we are delighted to present an exclusive exhibition featuring two exceptional artworks by the renowned artist Frederik van Frytom (c. 1632-1702).

Frytom, celebrated as Holland's most renowned painter of seventeenth-century Delft faience, possessed an unparalleled ability to blur the lines between fine arts and applied arts. His artistic brilliance extended beyond ceramics, as he was also known for his captivating paintings on both canvas and panel. Even today, his work remains a pinnacle of perfection, a testament to the limitless possibilities of artistic expression.

Frytom painted landscapes with different shades of blue in a unique way, with fine contours and thousands of tiny dots. His landscapes are composed of different layers and decors to create the suggestion of space. The foreground often feautures a tree or bushes with small pointillist accents, with buildings in the distance. Between these scenes, small and elegantly draped figures move trough the landscape on foot, on horseback or by boat. By painting the trees, hills or buildings on the horizon in a very light, almost fully faded blue, he achieved the unusual sense of depth in a panoramic landscape.

Although Frytom mainly worked as an earthenware painter, he also painted on canvas and panel. It is possible he was trained by Pieter jansz. van Asch (1603-1678), who was a close acquaintance of the Frytom family. Like his pottery objects, Frytom's paintings depict landscapes. Frytom painted with oil paint in the same way as he depicted landscapes on Delftware: panoramic landscapes with single figures surrounded by majestic nature.

Aronson will showcase a mesmerizing plate and a captivating painting on panel, both meticulously crafted by Frytom's gifted hand. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to marvel at the sublime quality of his artistry.