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“Winter Landscape” by Cornelius Krieghoff

'Winter Landscape', oil on canvas painting by Cornelius Krieghoff, 1849, National Gallery of Canada

“Winter Landscape” by Cornelius Krieghoff portrays a Canadia landscape of the mid-1850s. Krieghoff was skilful in painting the splendours of the Canadian landscape as well as capturing the hardship of life for the people living at the edge of  Canada’s new frontiers.

Cornelius Krieghoff was a Dutch-Canadian painter famous for his paintings of Canadian landscapes and Canadian life outdoors, which were popular in his own time as they are today. He is particularly famous for his winter scenes.


Essential Facts:

  • Title:                        Winter Landscape
  • Artist:                      Cornelius Krieghoff
  • Year:                        1849
  • Medium:                 Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions            99 x 132.7 cm
  • Museum:                National Gallery of Canada

Artist Essential Facts:

  • Name:                  Cornelius David Krieghoff
  • Born:                    1815 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Died:                     1872 (aged 56) – Chicago, Illinois
  • Nationality:         Dutch Canadian
  • Notable works:


“Through other people’s faults, wise men correct their own.” Canadian Proverb



Photo Credit: Cornelius Krieghoff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons