Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
The painter Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde, 1638-1698
The life of Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
Gerrit was baptized in Haarlem on June 6 1638 as the son of a butcher who came from Katwijk. He has become a painter and draughtsman.
Gerrit’s brother, Job Adriaensz, who was 11 years older, taught him the art of painting, and Frans Hals probably also contributed to his education.
From 1654 to 1660 the brothers travelled through Germany and finally painted for Charles the fist in Heidelberg, where they both received a golden medal for their work. The brothers, however, were unable to adapt to life at the council and returned to Haarlem.
After returning to Haarlem Gerrit became a member of the Lucasgilde and together with his brother he moved into a house/studio next to the Grote or Sint Bavochurch in Haarlem.
After a visit to the inn Gerrit drowned in the Brouwersvaart in Haarlem on June 14 in 1698.
The work of Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
After his return from Germany, Gerrit mainly painted cityscapes of Haarlem, Amsterdam and The Hague. The painters Johan Lingelbach and Jan van Huchtenburg provided these paintings with figures. His paintings were of a high standard.
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