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Dutch Master Painters
The Dutch school of painting was inseparably linked to the enormous progress of Holland in the 16th and 17th centuries.


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Dutch Master Painters

Dutch paintings Short Information Sheet:

A burgher who wanted to buy a picture went to the workshop that turned out the kind he liked. But he was not inquisitive as to which hand of the many at work there had painted the canvas or panel of his choice. Another cause of excellence in the average was the tendency of these painters to strive for perfection within a limited range. Nearly all of them were specialists in one narrowly circumscribed genre.

The genius of Rembrandt could not be restrained within such limited bounds. But he was one of the rare exceptions. Most members of the craft achieved mastery by self-restriction.

In this way each genre was split up in subsidiary genres, each of which had its specialists. The still-life artists can be subdivided into painters of breakfast tables, of fowl, of fish, of venison, of fruit, of flowers; the landscape artists in painters of winter scenes, of river and city views, of woodland, of mountain scenery. Landscape painted for its own sake and not as background to a portrait or a scene of human activity was essentially a Dutch invention.

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Rembrandt, Rembrandt van Rijn, Leiden, Night Watch Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn

The Dutch school of painting was inseparably linked to the enormous progress of Holland in the 16th and 17th centuries. At the head of this school stands Rembrandt van Rijn.

Frans Hals

The artist who in some respects stands nearest to Rembrandt was his contemporary, Frans Hals.

Adriaan van Ostade

Van Ostade has left a name as painter of peasants and scenes from out "the short and simple annals of the poor".

Dutch painting in the 17th century

Painting was the most popular of the Dutch arts. All the great Holland masters produced and sold a large number of works.

Jan Vermeer

Jan Vermeer, also known as Johannes Vermeer or Vermeer of Delft is renowned for his masterly treatment of colours and use of light in his work.

Jan Steen

Jan Havickszn Steen was a Dutch genre painter of the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Psychological insight, sense of humour and abundance of colour are marks of his work.

Dutch Landscape Painter Hobbema

Dutch Master Painter Hobbema (1638-1709) was one of the greatest landscape painters of the Dutch school.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh (1853 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter especially famous for his bright and vivid colorful paintings.

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