Jan van Goyen

1596 - 1656
Jan Josephsz. van Goyen was one of the main pioneers of naturalistic landscape in early 17th-century Holland. His many drawings show that he travelled extensively in Holland and beyond. In 1634 he is recorded painting in Haarlem, in the house of Isaac, the brother of Salomon van Ruysdael, who was another of the pioneers of realistic landscape painting in the north Netherlands.

Van Goyen was born at Leiden, and trained in Haarlem with Esaias van de Velde. After returning to Leiden he moved to The Hague in 1631, where he chiefly worked until his death. His earliest dated painting is from 1620.

His daughter married his pupil Jan Steen, the famous painter of genre scenes, in 1649.

Related paintings

A River Landscape
Jan van Goyen
1645
A River Landscape
A Scene on the Ice
Jan van Goyen
1645
A Scene on the Ice
A Windmill by a River
Jan van Goyen
1642
A Windmill by a River
Two River Scenes
Jan van Goyen
1640-5
Two River Scenes
A Cottage on a Heath
Attributed to Jan van Goyen
about 1629
A Cottage on a Heath
Sailing Vessels on a River in a Breeze
Imitator of Jan van Goyen
1650s
Sailing Vessels on a River in a Breeze
 
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