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Historical Artist - Nicolaes Berchem (1620 - 1683)

Taught by his father, Pieter Claesz, Nicolaes Berchem began his career in Haarlem at the age of fourteen. He adopted the last name Berchem while studying in Jan van Goyen’s studio. Berchem also trained other another Dutch landscape painter, Cornelis van Poelenburgh, and adopted a classical style. At fifty-seven, he settled in Amsterdam and painted Italian landscapes until his death. He painted over 800 works in his lifetime, most of the Italian countryside, although scholars are unsure whether he ever actually visited the country that he was inspired by.

His paintings, of which he produced an immense number were in great demand, as were his 80 etchings and 500 drawings. His landscapes, painted in the Italian style of idealized rural scenes, with hills, mountains, cliffs and trees in a golden dawn are sought after. Berchem also painted inspired and attractive human and animal figures in works of other artists

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