(bapt. Alkmaar, 18 June 1621; bur. Amsterdam, 8 Nov. 1675). Dutch landscape and marine painter. He was born in Alkmaar and is said to have been a pupil of Savery in Utrecht and Molyn in Haarlem. In 1644–5 he visited Scandinavia, where he developed a taste for subjects inspired by the scenery there—above all mountain torrents—and helped to popularize such themes in the Netherlands. Ruisdael, in his pictures of majestic waterfalls, was one of the artists influenced by him.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)