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Jan van de Velde II

12 Sep

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Jan van de Velde II - Landscape with Round Tower - 1616
Etching - paper 13 x 19.8 cm / plate 12.2 x 18.9 cm - '4' in top right 
Good condition - faint staining from old hinges
Unframed - Price: £250

JAN VAN DE VELDE II was one of the most highly rated of the Dutch etchers. Born in 1593 in Delft or Rotterdam Velde is better known for his prints than for his paintings. His father was Jan van de Velde I, a famous Antwerp calligrapher who had moved to the northern Netherlands in 1592 to escape religious persecution.

He was one of most prolific and skilled printmakers of the Dutch Golden Age, initially making etchings from his own drawings of the local landscape around Haarlem. He had produced more than a hundred landscapes by the time he was twenty-four, in an array of different series including the twelve months of the year and the four seasons. He was a pupil of Jacob Matham in Haarlem, and he was admitted into the Guild of St Luke in 1614. In 1636 he settled in Enkhuizen where he died in 1641.

 Jan van de Velde was one of the group of Dutch artists working in Haarlem during the second decade of the 1600s who created the distinctive 17th century Dutch landscape. He published many of his own prints but a number were published by the renowned published Claes van Visscher, who, based in Amsterdam, was one of the most ambitious print publishers and distributors of the period. Velde’s etchings were based on real landscapes, with a strong emphasis on natural detail and simple composition that influenced other artists including Rembrandt.

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