17th century Dutch school attributed to Aert I van den Neer (1603-1677)
Panel with trace of a collection stamp of 39 cm by 27.5 cm
62 cm by 50 cm frame
Aert I van den Neer (1603-1677) -Amsterdam
He is the father of two painters, Eglon Hendrick and Johan
Little is known about Van der Neer's life. He spent his childhood at Arkel, near Gorinchem, where he worked as an intendant for the Lord of Arkel. He became an amateur painter, probably following his meeting with the Camphuysen brothers, Raphaël and Jochem Govertsz. He married their sister Lysbeth Van der Neer (1601-1659) in 1629 and they had a daughter Gretel born that year. He left for Amsterdam around 16321. Eglon was born around 1635 and 1636 and his other children were Cornelia (1642), Elisabeth (1645), Pieter (1648) and Alida (1650).
Raphael Camphuysen witnesses the birth of their daughter Cornelia in 1642.
He is the Painter of the night and atmospheres in the setting sun, of which he knows how to restore the poetic charm with great power. Its moonlights, sunsets, fires, give it a special place in the Dutch school of the 17th century
His first known painting dates from his arrival in Amsterdam in 1632. It is a genre painting in the style of Peter Quast (Prague National Gallery). His first known landscape dates from 1633, and it is co-signed by Jochem Camphuysen. His first independent work shows the influence of Rafael Camphuysen and Jan van Goyen.
It was in the mid-1640s that he began to install his own style with winter scenes influenced by Hendrick Avercamp, snowstorms, rising and setting suns and nocturnes. His main talent is his ability to evoke through color and light, different atmospheres and weather conditions.