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A Couple on Horseback next to a Bivouac ('Albert Cuyp and His Wife')
Photo credit: National Trust Images

The name of a family of Dutch painters of Dordrecht, of which three members gained distinction. Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (b Dordrecht, Dec. 1594; d Dordrecht, 1652) was the son of a glass painter and according to Houbraken was a pupil of Abraham Bloemaert in Utrecht. His output was varied, but he is now best known as a portraitist—his portraits of children are particularly fine. Benjamin Gerritsz. Cuyp (bapt. Dordrecht, Dec. 1612; bur. Dordrecht, 28 Aug. 1652) was the half-brother of Jacob. He is known mainly for paintings of biblical and genre scenes that use melodramatic light and shade in the manner of the young Rembrandt. Aelbert Cuyp (bapt. Dordrecht, Oct. 1620; bur. Dordrecht, 15 Nov. 1691) is the most famous member of the family and now one of the most celebrated of all landscape painters, although he also painted many other subjects.

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


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