Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ochtervelt, Jacob

Street Musicians at the Doorway of a House
Oil on canvas
Art Museum, Saint Louis

Jacob Ochtervelt (1634 - 1682) was a Dutch genre painter born in Rotterdam and spent the majority of his career there. However, he initially studied in Haarlem under Berchem and towards the end of his life, he moved to Amsterdam.
He was influenced by Pieter de Hooch and through him by Vermeer.
He produced a number of portraits and hunting-party genre scenes, but is mainly remembered for his interior paintings. These works depicted the luxurious living quarters and lifestyle of the upper class. His figures are extremely refined and he showed off a skill in painting silks and satins in elegant upper-class interiors.