Gerbrand van den Eeckhout - Portrait Of A Family

Life and Paintings of Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621 – 1674)

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (August 19, 1621 – September 29, 1674), was a Dutch Golden Age painter and a favourite student of Rembrandt. He was also an etcher, an amateur poet, a collector and an adviser on art.

Gerbrand was born in Amsterdam, the son of a jeweller, a Mennonite who fled after 1585 from Antwerp to the north. In 1631 his mother died. His father’s second wife was Cornelia Dedel, the daughter of a founder of the Delft chamber of the Dutch East India Company.

Life and Paintings of Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621   1674)   Eeckhout Gerbrand Van Den Volumnia Pleading With Her Son Coriolanus To Spare Rome

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Volumnia pleading with her son Coriolanus to spare Rome

Arnold Houbraken records Van den Eeckhout was a pupil of Rembrandt. A fellow pupil to Ferdinand Bol, Nicolaes Maes and Govert Flinck, be regarded as inferior to them in skill and experience; he soon assumed Rembrandt’s manner with such success that his pictures were confused with those of his master.

Eeckhout does not merely copy the subjects; he also takes the shapes, the figures, the Jewish dress and the pictorial effects of his master. It is difficult to form an exact judgment of Eeckhout’s qualities at the outset of his career. His earliest pieces are probably those in which he more faithfully reproduced Rembrandt’s peculiarities. Exclusively his is a tinge of green in shadows marring the harmony of the work, a gaudiness of jarring tints, uniform surface and a touch more quick than subtle.

Life and Paintings of Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621   1674)   EECKHOUT Gerbrand van den Vertumnus And Pomona

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Vertumnus and Pomona

Eeckhout matriculated early in the Gild of Amsterdam. As he grew older Eeckhout succeeded best in portraits, for example that of the historian Olfert Dapper (1669), in the Städel collection in Frankfurt. Eeckhout occasionally varied his style. He followed Gerard ter Borch in Gambling Soldiers, at Stafford House, and a Soldiers’ Merrymaking, in the collection of the marquess of Bute. Amongst the best of Eeckhout’s works are Christ in the Temple (1662), at Munich, and the Haman and Mordecai of 1665, at Luton House.

Eeckhout, unmarried, was also appreciated as art connoisseur, and dealing with poets and scientists. At the end of his life he was living with his sister-in-law, a widow, on Herengracht, at a very prestigious part of the canal. He died in Amsterdam.

Life and Paintings of Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621   1674)   EECKHOUT Gerbrand van den Presentation In The Temple 1671

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Presentation in the Temple (1671)

 

Life and Paintings of Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621   1674)   EECKHOUT Gerbrand van den Presentation In The Temple

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Presentation in the Temple

 

Life and Paintings of Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621   1674)   EECKHOUT Gerbrand van den Portrait Of A Family

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Portrait of a Family

 

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CarsonCanada
CarsonCanada

I am ignorant of art and the great painters, a distinct hole in my education. But several years ago, when visiting Europe, my plane debarked in Amsterdam, and I determined I'd visit the Rembrandt Museum if nothing else. The building was almost completely empty that cold, windy January day which made my experience all the more eerie. I'd enter a room and catch myself quickly turning about as one would when sensing they are being surreptitiously watched. All those years, all that time and those eyes in his paintings could still be felt by a human being centuries later. What an era in art; what a master. But it appears Eeckhout would have delighted Rembrandt in catching that same flavor of reality in his work as well.

sthalassinos
sthalassinos moderator

@CarsonCanada It must have been really breathtaking seeing his masterpieces up close! Rebrandt was one of the artists that made me love art and inspired me to start digging deeper in art history :)