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Moonlight and River Scene
Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Moonlight and River Scene

Aert van der Neer (1603–1677)

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(b Amsterdam, ?1604; d Amsterdam, 9 Nov. 1677). Dutch landscape painter, active in his native Amsterdam. He had two specialities: moonlit scenes, of which he is the acknowledged master among Dutch painters; and winter landscapes with skaters, as an exponent of which he is in the first rank. In both types he displayed his mastery of light effects and subtle modulations of colour. He was a prolific painter and his work was much copied and imitated, but he had difficulty earning a living as an artist. In 1658 he opened a wine shop in Amsterdam, but this venture was a failure and in 1662 he was declared bankrupt; he died in poverty. Two of his sons were artists. Eglon (c.1634–1703) is best known for genre pieces done in the style of Terborch and Metsu.

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


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