Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gossart, Jan

The Adoration of the Kings
Oil on wood panel
177 x 161 cm1 (69.7 x 63.4 in)
National Gallery, London

Jan Gossart (c. 1478 – 1532), called Mabuse, Flemish painter, draughtsman and engraver. Albrecht Durer was always his master.

His early career is largely obscure.
Gossart always devoted much of his time to drawing. He was particularly attracted to pen and ink drawing, more so than to drawing in pencil. He also painted many portraits. By their rigorous psychological analysis he is surely one of the most talented northern artists to have practiced this genre.

Gossart's art was intensely personal and innovative. Although it had virtually no impact on his contemporaries, it was to profoundly influence the subsequent generation of painters. After his death in 1532, his fame began to spread through Italy, and during the 17th and 18th centuries he was also considered a major artist in the Southern Netherlands.