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