Famous Dutch Artists

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Rembrandt
(One of the Greatest Visual Artists in the History of Art)
Rembrandt
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Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 4, 1669

Rembrandt was a Dutch printmaker, painter, and draughtsman. A master in three major art media, Rembrandt is widely considered the most important visual artist in Dutch art history and one of the greatest of all time. He is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of printmaking. His life and work inspired several films, including the 1936 movie Rembrandt.

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Hieronymus Bosch
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Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Burgundian Netherlands
Died: August 9, 1516
Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch painter and a significant figure of the Early Netherlandish painting school. Most of his works are made of oil on oak wood and consist of religious themes and dark depictions of Hell. One of his notable works is The Garden of Earthly Delights.
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Jeroen Krabbe
(Actor, Director)
Jeroen Krabbe
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Birthdate: December 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jeroen Krabbe is a Dutch actor, illustrator, painter, and film director. He is best known for playing negative roles in popular films like the 15th James Bond movie The Living Daylights. His contributions to film and theatre were honored with the Top Naeff prize in 1965. In 2014, he was awarded the Frans Banninck Cocqpenning for his services to Amsterdam.

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Han van Meegeren
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Birthdate: October 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: December 30, 1947
Han van Meegeren was a Dutch painter best remembered for his skills as an art forger; he successfully forged and sold paintings attributed to famous and respected painters like Johannes Vermeer among other Dutch masters. Han van Meegeren developed this art in order to humiliate art critics of his time who had ridiculed his original works.
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Lawrence Alma-Tadema
(Former painter of special British denizenship)
Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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Birthdate: January 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dronrijp, Netherlands
Died: June 25, 1912

Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a Dutch classical subject painter whose painting about luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire became very well known. Regarded a prominent Victorian painter, he was successful, admired, famous and highly paid during his lifetime. However, his popularity waned after his death and saw a resurgence only in the second half of the 20th century.

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Frans Hals
(Painter)
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Birthdate: 1582 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: August 26, 1666

One of the most prominent painters of the Dutch Golden Age of painting, Frans Hals is renowned for his individual and group portraits as well as for his genre work paintings. He is known for loose painterly brushwork, colourful palette and lively style of painting. His work played a key role in the development of 17th century group portraiture.

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Theo Jansen
(Artist, Sculptor)
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Birthdate: March 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scheveningen, Netherlands

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist best known for his sculptures that combine art and engineering. He achieved popularity when he invented the Strandbeest, a moving kinetic structure that resembles a walking animal. Described as an artificial life by Jansen, these sculptures are constantly being improved. In 2016, The Simpsons featured Jansen and the Strandbeest in one of its episodes. 

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Theo van Doesburg
(Dutch Artist Best Known as the Founder and Leader of 'De Stijl')
Theo van Doesburg
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Birthdate: August 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: March 7, 1931

One of the pioneering figures of the Dutch art movement De Stijl, or The Style, Theo van Doesburg stressed on the importance of simplified and geometric visual arts. The son of a photographer, he grew up to create scores of abstract paintings and designed aesthetic room décor and furniture, too.

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Jacob van Ruisdael
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Birthdate: 1628 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: March 10, 1682
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Willem Arondeus
(Artist and author who joined the Dutch anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II)
Willem Arondeus
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Birthdate: August 22, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naarden, Netherlands
Died: July 1, 1943

Recognised as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, Dutch artist-author Willem Arondeus is most noted for his participation in bombing of the Amsterdam civil registry office that formed part of the Dutch anti-Nazi resistance movement during the Second World War. A self-proclaimed gay, his last words before execution were: "Tell the people that homosexuals are not by definition weak."

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Anton Mauve
(Former realist painter whose best-known paintings depict peasants working in the field)
Anton Mauve
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Birthdate: September 18, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zaandam, Netherlands
Died: February 5, 1888
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Iepe Rubingh
(Artist)
Iepe Rubingh
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Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 8, 2020
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Herman Brood
(Musician & Painter Known for His Hedonistic Lifestyle of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll)
Herman Brood
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Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: July 11, 2001

Best known as part of Wild Romance, Dutch musician Herman Brood was the poster child of Dutch rock and roll and the Netherlands’s biggest rock superstar but was also notorious for his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He later turned to painting but committed suicide by jumping from an Amsterdam hotel at 54.

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Philippe de Champaigne
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Birthdate: May 26, 1602
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: August 12, 1674
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Kees van Dongen
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Birthdate: January 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 28, 1968
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Peter Lely
(Painter)
Peter Lely
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Birthdate: September 14, 1618
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Soest, Germany
Died: November 30, 1680
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Judith Leyster
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Birthdate: July 28, 1609
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: February 10, 1660
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Pieter de Hooch
(Dutch painter)
Pieter de Hooch
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Birthdate: December 20, 1629
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 1684
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Angela Groothuizen
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Birthdate: September 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alkmaar, Netherlands
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Karel Appel
(Dutch Painter & Sculptor Who was One of the Founders of the Avant-Garde Movement ‘CoBrA’ in 1948)
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Birthdate: April 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 3, 2006

Karel Appel was a Dutch poet, painter, and sculptor. He is credited with co-founding COBRA, a European avant-garde movement that was active from 1948 to 1951. He is also credited with establishing the Karel Appel Foundation, which aims at preserving his artworks. Many of his works are displayed at museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art.

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Clara Peeters
(Painter)
Clara Peeters
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Birthdate: 1594 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 1659 AD

Clara Peeters was a Flemish painter from Antwerp known for her still-life works. Active in both the Spanish Netherlands and the Dutch Republic, she is the most famous female Flemish artist of her era. She was one of the few women artists working professionally in 17th-century Europe. She is believed to have been a wealthy and successful artist.  

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Gerrit Dou
(Painter)
Gerrit Dou
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Birthdate: April 7, 1613
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: February 9, 1675
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Rachel Ruysch
(Painter)
Rachel Ruysch
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Birthdate: June 3, 1664
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: August 12, 1750
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Gabriël Metsu
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Birthdate: 1629
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 24, 1667
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Ary Scheffer
(Romantic painter)
Ary Scheffer
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Birthdate: February 10, 1795
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: June 15, 1858
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Maarten van Heemskerck
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Birthdate: June 1, 1498
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heemskerk, Netherlands
Died: October 1, 1574
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Hendrick Avercamp
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Birthdate: January 27, 1585
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 15, 1634
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Gerard ter Borch
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Birthdate: 1617
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: December 8, 1681
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Jan Davidsz. de Heem
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Birthdate: April 17, 1606
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 26, 1684
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Gerard David
(Painter)
Gerard David
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Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Oudewater, Netherlands
Died: August 13, 1523
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Dieric Bouts
(Early Netherlandish painter who was among the first northern painters to demonstrate the use of a single vanishing point)
Dieric Bouts
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Birthdate: 1415 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1475 AD
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Wim Crouwel
(Former Graphic designer who designed the typeface New Alphabet)
Wim Crouwel
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Birthdate: November 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: September 19, 2019
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Lucas van Leyden
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Birthdate: 1494 AD
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: September 8, 1533
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Hendrick ter Brugghen
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Birthdate: 1588 AD
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 1, 1629
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Gerard de Lairesse
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Birthdate: September 11, 1640
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
Died: July 28, 1711
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Jan van Goyen
(Painter)
Jan van Goyen
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Birthdate: January 13, 1596
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: April 27, 1656
Bartholomeus van der Helst
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Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: December 16, 1670
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Pieter Lastman
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Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 4, 1633
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Paulus Potter
(Painter)
Paulus Potter
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Birthdate: November 20, 1625
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Died: January 17, 1654
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Nicolaes Maes
(Painter)
Nicolaes Maes
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Birthdate: 1634
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1693
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Willem Claesz Heda
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Birthdate: December 14, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1680 AD
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Adriaen van Ostade
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Birthdate: December 10, 1610
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: May 2, 1685
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Dirck van Baburen
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Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands
Died: February 21, 1624
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Rien Poortvliet
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Birthdate: August 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schiedam, Netherlands
Died: September 15, 1995
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Karel van Mander
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Birthdate: 1548
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Meulebeke, Belgium
Died: September 2, 1606

Dutch painter and poet Karel van Mander was a significant part of the Mannerist movement. Best known for his Het Schilder-boeck, or The Book of Painters, a biographical work on artists and painters of northern Europe, he was patronized by the Haarlem city council.

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Willem Kalf
(Painter)
Willem Kalf
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Birthdate: 1619 AD
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 31, 1693
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Abraham Bloemaert
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Birthdate: December 25, 1566
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands
Died: January 27, 1651
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Govert Flinck
(Painter)
Govert Flinck
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Birthdate: January 25, 1615
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kleve, Germany
Died: February 2, 1660
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Geertgen tot Sint Jans
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Birthdate: 1465 AD
Birthplace: Leiden, Burgundian Netherlands
Died: 1495 AD
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Jan Lievens
(Painter)
Jan Lievens
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Birthdate: October 24, 1607
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: June 4, 1674