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Meindert Hobbema - Dutch Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Meindert Hobbema (1638 - 1709)

Born in Amsterdam as Meindert Lubbertszoon, Hobbema studied under Jacob van Ruysdael and painted his landscapes in a similar technique. Hobbema did not receive a lot of attention or praise during his career, although his greatest piece is said to be The Avenue, Middelharris. Because his paintings did not sell, Hobbema was forced to take on a different occupation, and his work gradually declined from that point on. The best of Hobbema's dated pictures are those of the years 1663 to 1667. Of the former, several in the galleries of Brussels and St Petersburg. Of several pieces in the National Gallery, including the Avenue at Middelharnis, which some assign to 1689, and the Ruins of Brederode Castle, two are dated 1667. A sample of the last of these years is also in the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge. There are other fine Hobbema's in the Antwerp Museum.

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