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Jacob Backer - Dutch Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Jacob Backer (1595 - 1624)

Jacob Adriaensz Backer (Harlingen, Netherlands, 1609 - Amsterdam, Aug 27, 1651) was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He produced about 140 paintings in twenty years. In his style he was influenced by Wybrand de Geest, Rubens and Abraham Bloemaert. Also his drawings (male and female nudes) are highly interesting and skillful. He never painted a town- or landscape. Backer never married, never bought a house, and might have lived with his brother. He never was involved in a scandal. Backer was an excellent painter of religious and mythological paintings. He was especially interested in pastoral subjects. Backer was one of the best in painting hands and feet. In fact, he was a leading artist in Amsterdam until his premature death in 1651. He was buried in the Noorderkerk. In the Rembrandthuis can now be seen the first exhibition ever on Backer.

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