Fredrik Marinus Kruseman was born in Haarlem where he put his first steps as an artist.
Around 1835 he moved to Hilversum where he got lessons from Jan van Ravenswaay.
Here he met BC Koekkoek. After a short stay in Haarlem he moved to Cleves to Koekkoek who gave him more advise. The following three years were of lasting influence on his work.
From then on he painted romantic landscapes. The last forty years of his live he stayed in Bruxelles.
This particular landscape with a fantasy castle was painted in 1851 in Bruxelles. The same sort of castle with one tower can also be seen on several other paintings such as a winter landscape once with Mac Connal mason.
M. van Heteren and Jan de Meere, Fredrik Marinus Kruseman 1816-1882 Painter of Pleasing landscapes, Scriptum, 1998, nr.66 p. 173
Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 05-06-1973, lot.nr. 156