Aert van der Neer

1603/4 - 1677

Aert van der Neer was a landscape painter best known for his moonlight and winter scenes. He also specialised in landscapes at dawn and dusk and paintings depicting fires. His paintings are influenced more by Flemish painting than by works of his Amsterdam contemporaries.

Van der Neer is first recorded at Gorinchem in south Holland, where he worked - according to his biographer, Houbraken - as the steward of a family living there. By 1630 he had moved to Amsterdam, where he devoted himself to painting, and where his son, the figure and portrait painter, Eglon Hendrick van der Neer, was born. Van der Neer kept an inn in Amsterdam from 1659. He was declared bankrupt in 1662.