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Meindert Hobbema


One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

Dutch, Baroque Landscape Painter

Stylistically influenced by the following painters; Jacob van Ruisdael, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Tintoretto

Education - studied under Jacob van Ryusdael

Burial Place -  He died penniless and  is buried in the pauper section of the Westerkerk cemetery at Amsterdam.


The psychological aspect of his work is no less remarkable then the technical.  Thomas Eakins once stated "The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools."

Description of Meindert Hobbema Painting Style

Raised in the Dutch countryside, Meindert Hobbema took to art at an early age and found drawing and painting as natural as walking and talking. Intense passion for his subject is what motivated, Hobbema to paint. His landscapes express a lyrical nature They are thoughtful, exploratory and serene. He was a perceptive observer of the natural environment, in all its subtle manifestations of shadow, color, and especially the effects of light. He felt obliged as a artist to record and reveal the natural glory of the landscape as realistically as possible. Hobbema favored scenes that suggested a feeling for the passage of time, such as the break of dawn, the transition from light to dark. The painter derived his colors from nature's own palette, for spring and autumn. He favored a delicate range of intervening greens for foliage, shimmering shades of blue and quiet grays for the sky.

Principle Artists Associated With The Dutch Golden Age
Jan Vermeer
Hendrik Goltzius
Frans Hals
 Jan Davidsz. de Heem,
Meindert Hobbema
Henricus Hondius,
Gerrit van Honthorst
Pieter de Hooch
 Gaspar Netscher
Rembrandt van Rijn
Abraham  Storck

Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with Dutch Baroque Painting -  17th Century, Holland, Dutch Golden Age, shallow space, prosperity, social solidarity, rise of the merchant class, international commerce, Protestant, commercial art galleries, Protestantism, naturalistic details, trompe l’oeil, shallow theatrical space, wealthy patrons, tenebrism,  loose style, genre paintings  publication of Della Pittura, a book about the laws of mathematical perspective for artists,  realistic use of colors and  light


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