Frederik Marinus Kruseman was born in Haarlem in 1816 and grew up in a large family. His talent was recognized at an early age. At the age of 16 Frederik Marinus Kruseman followed drawing lessons from Jan Reekers at a local school. Topics such as perspective drawing and painting to nature were imparted to him, but also working from plaster model. Frederik Marinus Kruseman also took lessons from Nicolaas Johannes roosenboom, who stimulated him to loan work to the annual exhibition of living masters. In 1837 Frederik Marinus Kruseman stayed for some time in the German city of Kleef to get advice from the renowned landscape painter B.C. koekkoek.
Frederik Marinus Kruseman left for Brussels in 1841 and would stay there for most of his life. The city was in favour among Dutch painters for its flourishing artistic climate. Museums were well represented and thanks to the economic prosperity the country was going through, there were a lot of wealthy art buyers.
Frederik Marinus Kruseman painted this ice scene in the beginning of his period in Brussels, it is most likely made about 1842. The Dutch landscape was obviously a source of inspiration Frederik Marinus Kruseman: the composition consists of two-thirds of air and a third of landscape. On the left a house and mill are visible, on the right skaters are riding on the dark coloured ice. On the horizon of the vast ice landscape is a city is noticable. Striking is the Frederik Marinus Kruseman’s use of beautiful clear blue and white colors. Frederik Marinus Kruseman also has a feeling for detail; the reed stems, trunks and ice cracks are beautifully and accurately rendered. The ambitious Frederik Marinus Kruseman shows his talent in this winter landscape, the genre in which he would excel in his further career as a painter.