10 of the Netherlands’ most famous painters

The interval roughly spanning 1588 to 1672 was probably the most affluent in Dutch historical past. Usually referred to as The Golden Age, it was a interval that largely coincided with the Dutch financial prosperity of the seventeenth century. Many well-known (and these days very costly) artistic endeavors come from this era, produced by masters who lived throughout this time.

The northern Netherlands, which collectively shaped the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, flourished in (slave) commerce, science, and humanities.

Consider Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Steen. These are simply two of some distinctive painters who existed after the seventeenth century. Their distinctive artistic endeavors could be discovered within the Netherlands and everywhere in the world, attracting thousands and thousands of tourists to well-known Dutch museums.

However the Netherlands is a lot greater than Van Gogh and Rembrandt. There are such a lot of extra Dutch masters — so listed below are ten of essentially the most well-known Dutch painters. 👨‍🎨

1. Jheronimus Bosch — late fifteenth century

Jheronimus Bosch, also called Jeroen or Hieronymus Bosch, was born as Jheronimus van Aken, in Den Bosch round 1450. He died in Den Bosch on August 9, 1516.

The Van Akens had been a widely known portray household, so it was no shock that Jheronimus would go on to grow to be a profitable painter. He went down in historical past as den duvelmakere (the demon maker), as a result of his work typically depicted demon-like creatures and different satirical photos.

Jheronimus was a really meticulous painter and his work typically contained numerous particulars. One of many early Dutch Renaissance painters, he was additionally a part of a bunch of painters referred to as the Vlaamse Primitieven (Flemish Primitives). This is because of the truth that they had been most energetic in Flemish cities corresponding to Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels.

Whereas he was an excellent painter, certainly one of his most well-known works, “De Tuin der Lusten” which is a “triptych” (three work that belong collectively) some critics have referred to as racist. 😬

A well-known piece of artwork. Picture: Gallery on-line, Museo del Prado/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

The left panel of the portray depicts paradise or the Backyard of Eden (you may inform by Adam and Eve). The center panel reveals the Fall of Man, the place folks do all types of “wicked” issues, corresponding to spending time with black folks. Lastly, on the precise panel, you see the Biblical hell.

2. Pieter “Boer” Brueghel de Oude (the Elder) — early sixteenth century

Pieter Brueghel was born in Breda or Breugel between 1525 and 1530, and he died in Brussels on September 9, 1569. He was a Brabant Renaissance painter who would go on to father many different well-known “Bruegel” painters.

He typically wrote his title with out the “h”, however his sons after him all the time signed their works with Brueghel. So at this time he’s typically simply known as Pieter the Elder (as a result of that’s simpler).

Brueghel owes his nickname, “the farmer”, to the truth that he typically disguised himself as a farmer (no, actually 😂 ). As “the farmer” he participated in countryside festivities as a supply of inspiration for his work.

He painted many pastoral landscapes, during which village scenes, harvests, and different rural themes took centre stage. Shortly after his loss of life, he grew to become well-known for his work, particularly his prints.

Pieter, like many artists of his time, favored to color scenes with non secular tones, making nice use of images, expressions and verbs. One in all his work referred to as “The Dutch Proverbs” from 1559 stays very well-known to at the present time and accommodates about 125 Dutch expressions (a few of that are not in use, these days). It’s also possible to view the portray can in Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie.

Brueghel’s Dutch Proverbs. Picture: WwG8mD89xbELbQ at Google Cultural Institute/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

3. Jan Steen — the seventeenth century

Jan Steen was born in Leiden (hometown shout out 😉 ) someday between 1625 and 1626, 20 years after Rembrandt. Steen died in Leiden on February 23, 1679.

He painted fully within the Baroque model, utilizing humour and bizarre folks to make his work as energetic as attainable. His work are well-known for sometimes exhibiting scenes in an untidy state.

His father was a service provider and brewer and he was the eldest of eight kids. He studied on the College of Leiden whereas additionally receiving portray classes from Nicolaus Knupfer, a German painter. He was later be accepted into the Leiden Painters Guild. All through his life, he moved round, quickly dwelling in The Hague, Delft, Haarlem, and Warmond, and ultimately return to Leiden.

His work clearly confirmed that every day life was essential to him. One in all his most well-known items, “Het Vrolijke Huisgezin” (The comfortable household), depicts a chaotic household having enjoyable. You may simply marvel at this portray in addition to Rembrandt’s “The Evening Watch”, as they each could be seen within the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

A really comfortable household. Picture: PgG66BfO4KGbiA at Google Cultural Institute/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

4. Gerard van Honthorst — the seventeenth century

Gerard was born in Utrecht on November 4, 1592, and died in the identical metropolis on April 27, 1656. He adopted the painter Caravaggio and, consequently, was typically referred to as a “Utrecht Caravaggist.”

He additionally drew lots of inspiration from the work of Antoon van Dyck. As a younger man, he travelled to Italy to hone his craft within the nice artwork cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome. On his return, he joined the Utrecht Painters Guild (an essential step if he needed to legally promote his work).

He obtained main commissions to provide some spectacular artistic endeavors, a few of which had been from the English King Charles I and the Danish king, Christian IV. He additionally grew to become courtroom painter to Stadtholder, William II.

His reputation considerably declined in 1640 and he started to color much less typically. He was solely 48 on the time however he had already seen a lot of Europe throughout his profession. He handed away sixteen years later.

One in all his well-known work referred to as “De Koppelaarster” (The Matchmaker) was painted in 1625 and may nonetheless be admired within the Central Museum in Utrecht.

Van Honthorst’s The Matchmaker. Picture: Unknown supply/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

5. Albert Cuyp — the seventeenth century

Albert Cuyp (after which the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam is called) was born on October 20, 1620, in Dordrecht, and died on November 15, 1691. He was additionally one of many nice painters of the seventeenth century, however a bit of completely different from the earlier ones.

Albert was primarily a panorama painter. He got here from a well-known portray household and have become significantly recognized for his landscapes of the Dutch countryside within the early morning mild or within the afternoon. He inherited a big sum of cash which allowed him to fully pursue his dream job.

Little or no is understood about his life, aside from that he was most energetic between 1639 and 1660. He was additionally a faithful Calvinist, and that is completely mirrored in the truth that he appeared to not personal work by different artists — a minimum of none had been present in his home after he died. Spending cash on purely aesthetic issues isn’t a Calvinistic trait!

One in all his well-known vistas is the Rivierlandschap met Ruiters (River Panorama with Riders). It’s a panorama of a meandering river with two riders resting their horses. This portray is currenlty within the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

Cuyp’s River Panorama with Riders. Picture: www.rijksmuseum.nl/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area 

6. Johannes Vermeer — the seventeenth century

Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft on October 31, 1632, and buried in Delft on December 15, 1675. Vermeer, along with Jan Steen and Rembrandt van Rijn, might be probably the most well-known Dutch painters, actually from the interval of the affluent seventeenth century.

He was in all probability from a Reformed household however grew to become a Roman Catholic so as to have the ability to marry his sweetheart, Catharina Bolnes. That they had eleven kids, ten of which he would by no means see totally develop up. He died within the yr 1675 when the town collapsed in The Hollandse Oorlog (Dutch Struggle).

In his lifetime, he produced about 45 work (which was not as many as Rembrandt) principally as a result of he in all probability labored alone and didn’t have college students and helpers like different painters of his time. 👀

Sadly, like many painters of his time, he was underappreciated whereas he was alive. Nevertheless, his work noticed an increase in reputation over the nineteenth century. The sale of “De Melkmeisje” (the Milkmaid), certainly one of his well-known works, was so important that it was mentioned within the Dutch Home of Representatives.

Lady with a Pearl Earring. Picture: Het Geheugen/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area 

Nevertheless, the “Meisje met de Parel” (Lady with a Pearl Earring) might be his most well-known portray. That is maybe because of the e-book Tracy Chevalier wrote about it (and was later made into a movie, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johannson 🎬 ).

This murals was painted someday between 1665-7 and is at the moment in The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It’s a “tronie”, which is a portray of a face that accommodates a particular facial features or character. Again then, fashions had been typically nameless, and so is the woman with the pearl earring.

7. Rembrandt van Rijn — the seventeenth century

There’s no approach you’d have a prime ten well-known painters within the Netherlands with out having Rembrandt on the listing! Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born in Leiden on July 15, 1606 (or 1607) and died in Amsterdam on October 4, 1669.

He is among the most essential painters of the seventeenth century, and in addition a prolific one; producing over 300 work, 300 etchings, and about two thousand drawings.😱 “The Evening Watch” (painted in 1642) stays maybe certainly one of his most well-known works.

Like Gerard Honthorst, he was influenced by the Caravaggists, which gave his work baroque touches. Rembrandt’s manipulation of sunshine and his excellent use of sharp contrasts is actually one thing to behold. His work are sometimes “dramatic” to the viewer.

Rembrandt primarily painted portraits and historic tales and scenes. He even made plenty of self-portraits, one thing few painters overtly admitted. He additionally gave essential folks in his life a task in a few of his work, corresponding to his spouse Saskia van Uylenburgh, his son Titus van Rijn, and even his housekeepers and associates.

Rembrant’s The Evening Watch. Picture: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/assortment/SK-C-5/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

“De Nachtwacht “(The Evening Watch) is a portray on an unlimited canvas and could be seen within the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Apparently, all of the individuals who contributed to the worth of this masterpiece are depicted within the portray, their measurement principally relying on the quantity they paid him.

Essentially the most outstanding figures are Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Lord of Purmerlandt and Ilpendam, Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch, and Lord of Vlaerdingen. One other attention-grabbing reality is that, on the time, Rembrandt’s purchasers on the portray had been in no way happy with the end result. But, at this time, the portray is among the hottest on this planet!

8. Vincent van Gogh — the nineteenth century

There’s a lot love for Vincent van Gogh exterior of those shores, and the identical could be stated of Rembrandt van Rijn. So it wouldn’t make a lot sense to have a prime ten with out him.

Vincent was born in Zundert on March 30, 1853, and died in Auyers sur Oise, France on July 29, 1890. He labored as a Publish-Impressionist, an artwork motion that (unsurprisingly) succeeded Impressionism.

He was a significant affect on later abstraction portray. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam was inbuilt his honour. Nevertheless, like lots of his predecessors, Vincent was not recognised for his genius throughout his lifetime. He solely offered one portray, De Rode Wijngaard (The Purple Winery), for 400 francs, simply earlier than his loss of life!

He produced all of his (later well-known) works in simply ten years. Suffering from psychiatric sickness all through his life, he dedicated suicide in 1890. Proof means that he had what we now consult with as bipolar dysfunction, a persistent psychological sickness thought to have an effect on many inventive folks.

Picture: Szilas on the Van Gogh, My Dream Exhibition in Budapest, 2013/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

Right here we see the “Aardappeleters”(Potato Eaters), certainly one of his early work (1885). It’s a melancholy, darkish portray that oozes poverty and laziness. You could find this glorious instance of a painted melancholy within the Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh’s model, and that of the Publish-Expressionists generally, is characterised by the thick brushstrokes. It additionally lacks the ornate element and precision of brushwork of painters from earlier centuries. He was a very gifted soul and, no matter your opinion of his work is, nobody can deny that it has left a deep impression on the artwork world.

9. Jan Toorop — the flip of the century

Jan Theodorus Toorop was born within the Javanese city of Poerworedjo on December 20, 1858, and died in The Hague on March 3, 1928. He was probably the most well-known painters of the interval across the flip of the twentieth century.

He had an impressionist model in his youthful years, though he additionally typically used Pointillism (portray by simply including dots). In addition to portray, he additionally labored on ceramics, made promoting posters and e-book bindings. At this time we frequently affiliate him with the Artwork Nouveau motion, though he in all probability by no means used these phrases himself.

One in all his well-known works, “Broek in Waterland,” appears significantly better from a distance. Up shut it’s nothing however simply dots, and from afar, a gorgeous water panorama at nightfall. This work is on show on the Indianapolis Museum of the Arts, Indianapolis, United States.

A lot element, so many dots. Picture: Sailko/Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0

10. Piet Mondrian — the twentieth century

Pieter (Cornelis) Mondriaan was born in Amersfoort on March 7, 1872, and died on February 1, 1944, in New York. He was a painter in addition to an artwork theorist, and one of many pioneers in summary artwork portray (like Pablo Picasso).

His geometric and summary work was infamouse and, due to this fact, was an enormous supply of inspiration for structure in addition to different designers.

One in all his most well-known works could be very unoriginally referred to as Tableau 1 and was painted in 1921. There are a dozen different tableaux and compositions (all numbered) made by Mondrian that every one, roughly, look alike. He was one of many first to dare to create and promote summary representations of color, and can all the time be remembered in historical past as a pioneer and “the daddy” of summary artwork.

It’s form of hypnotic. Picture: Municipal Museum The Hague/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

The Netherlands positively has so many well-known painters whose works sit in numerous museums scattered everywhere in the nation. A few of these museums draw thousands and thousands of tourists every year.

Whereas these painters aren’t any extra, their works lay naked their lasting legacies. Every bit tells a narrative of affection, warfare, faith, confusion, poverty, and each different human emotion or expertise that they witnessed. To gaze upon their work is to take pleasure in stimulating magnificence and the distinctive product of human genius.

Which Dutch painter and museum is your favorite? Tell us how their work made you’re feeling within the remark.

Characteristic Picture: Sailko/Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0

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