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(bapt. Amsterdam, 30 Aug. 1599; bur. Amsterdam, 31 Jan. 1635). Dutch painter of genre scenes and portraits, active mainly in his native Amsterdam. Most of his paintings depict soldiers, sometimes fighting or looting, but more usually drinking, gaming, or wooing. His delicate skill at painting textiles, his ability to characterize individuals, and his power to express subtle psychological relationships between them, suggest that if he had not been carried off by the plague in his mid-thirties he might well have rivalled Terborch.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)