Famous Dutch Artists & Painters

During the Dutch Golden Age, which spanned for most part of the 17th century, art burgeoned and thrived at full galore. Interestingly, artists worked on distinct genres of paintings and produced bulk of their works. Right from historic paintings that included allegories and popular religious subjects to portrait painting, genre painting, landscape painting and still life, Dutch paintings covered variety of subjects and topics. Some of the earliest known works of Dutch art date back to the 14th and 15th century by painters such as Gerard David, Jan Maelwael and Wilhelm Vrelant. The golden period of Dutch art saw the rise of many prominent artists, whose contribution helped establish the Dutch golden age that was marked by great artistic wealth and cultural achievements. Rembrandt was one of the greatest Dutch painters and artists of that time. Other well-renowned painters of the Golden period include Johannes Veneer, Jan Steen, Willem van Aelst, Carel Fabritius, Gabriel Metsu, Willem Kalf, Paulus Potter and so on. Read this section to know more about the life and works of Dutch painters.

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 1 Rembrandt

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden
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.

 2 Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 31, 1632
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delft
Died: December 15, 1675

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter renowned for his use of light in paintings. Although he did not achieve fame during his lifetime, Vermeer's works gained popularity in the 19th century. Today, Vermeer is often counted among the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Over the years, Vermeer's work has inspired artists like Wilhelm Hammershoi and Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

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 3 Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp

Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 30, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: 1652 AD

 4 Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch
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Famous As: Painter
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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 5 Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian
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Famous As: Dutch Painter
Birthdate: March 7, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Died: February 1, 1944

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian is remembered for pioneering what is known as 20th-century abstract art. He co-founded the De Stijl art movement with Theo van Doesburg and gave rise to Neoplasticism. His art was influenced by Cubism. Many of his paintings consist of geometric shapes in particular sets of colors.

 6 Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Breda or nearby, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Netherlands)
Died: September 9, 1569
Sixteenth-century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder is remembered for his depiction of peasants through his paintings. His origins remain elusive, though most of his paintings carried his signature, which made it easy for researchers to trace the evolution of his art. Both his sons, too, became painters.

 7 Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1390 AD
Birthplace: Maaseik, Belgium
Died: July 9, 1441

Jan van Eyck was a painter best remembered for his Early Northern Renaissance art. He was one of the early innovators of Early Netherlandish painting and one of the most significant painters of his generation. A highly influential painter, Jan van Eyck's style and techniques were adopted by the Early Netherlandish painters.

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 8 Sylvia Kristel

Sylvia Kristel
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Famous As: Singer, Film actor, Film director, Actor, Model, Painter, Adult Film Star, Autobiographer, Biographer
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht
Died: October 17, 2012

 9 Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 19, 1997
Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American artist and one of the most famous practitioners of abstract expressionism of his generation. One of the 20th century's best-known artists, de Kooning is noted for paintings, such as Woman III (1953) and Interchange (1955). Many of his paintings have been sold for record prices.

 10 Jeroen Krabbe

Jeroen Krabbe
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 11 Carel Fabritius

Carel Fabritius
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 27, 1622
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middenbeemster, Netherlands
Died: October 12, 1654

Born to a schoolteacher and part-time painter father, Dutch painter Carel Fabritius learned painting from Rembrandt. A pioneer of the 17th-century Delft movement, he died in the deadly 1654 Delft gunpowder magazine explosion that ravaged most of the city and almost all his works. The Goldfinch remains his best-known work.

 12 Theo van Doesburg

Theo van Doesburg
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Famous As: Poet, Painter, Architect, Writer, Graphic designer, Photographer
Birthdate: August 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Utrecht
Died: March 7, 1931

 13 Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1628 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: March 10, 1682

 14 Jan Steen

Jan Steen
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Famous As: Genre Painter
Birthdate: 1626 AD
Birthplace: Leiden
Died: February 3, 1679

Jan Steen was a Dutch Golden Age painter, counted among the leading genre painters of the 17th century. Born into a wealthy family, he received training under prominent painter Nicolaes Knupfer. For several years, he worked with renowned landscape painter Jan van Goyen, whose daughter he later married. He painted portraits, still life, and historical, mythological, and religious scenes.

 15 Iepe Rubingh

Iepe Rubingh
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 8, 2020

 16 Gerard van Honthorst

Gerard van Honthorst
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 4, 1592
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 27, 1656

 17 Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

 18 Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 28, 1609
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: February 10, 1660

 19 Rachel Ruysch

Rachel Ruysch
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Famous As: Botanical illustrator, Painter
Birthdate: June 3, 1664
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsterdam
Died: August 12, 1750

 20 Karel Appel

Karel Appel
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Poet
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.

 21 Pieter de Hooch

Pieter de Hooch
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Famous As: Dutch painter
Birthdate: December 20, 1629
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 1684

 22 Maarten van Heemskerck

Maarten van Heemskerck
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 1, 1498
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heemskerk, Netherlands
Died: October 1, 1574

 23 Gabriël Metsu

Gabriël Metsu
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 31, 1629
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 24, 1667

 24 Hendrick Avercamp

Hendrick Avercamp
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: January 27, 1585
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam
Died: May 15, 1634

 25 Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Jan Davidsz. de Heem
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 17, 1606
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 26, 1684

 26 Gerard David

Gerard David
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Oudewater, Netherlands
Died: August 13, 1523

 27 Gerard ter Borch

Gerard ter Borch
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 30, 1617
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: December 8, 1681

 28 Aelbert Cuyp

Aelbert Cuyp
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Famous As: Dutch Landscape Painter
Birthdate: October 20, 1620
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: November 15, 1691

Aelbert Cuyp was one of the most important Dutch Golden Age painters renowned for painting beautiful landscapes. Also known for his skills as a draftsman, Aelbert Cuyp is best remembered for his most famous work, River Landscape.

 29 Hans Klok

Hans Klok
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Famous As: Magician, Actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Purmerend, Netherlands

 30 Dieric Bouts

Dieric Bouts
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem
Died: May 6, 1475

 31 Tonke Dragt

Tonke Dragt
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Famous As: Writer, Illustrator
Birthdate: November 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 32 Anton Pieck

Anton Pieck
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Famous As: Painter, Illustrater
Birthdate: April 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Den Helder, Netherlands
Died: November 24, 1987

 33 Antonis Mor

Antonis Mor
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Famous As: Netherlandish painter
Birthdate: 1517 AD
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: 1577 AD

 34 Lucas van Leyden

Lucas van Leyden
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1494 AD
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: September 8, 1533

 35 Rien Poortvliet

Rien Poortvliet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schiedam, Netherlands
Died: September 15, 1995

 36 Meindert Hobbema

Meindert Hobbema
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 31, 1638
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: December 7, 1709

 37 Ambrosius Bosschaert

Ambrosius Bosschaert
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 18, 1573
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 1621 AD

 38 Hendrick ter Brugghen

Hendrick ter Brugghen
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1588 AD
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 1, 1629

 39 Jan van Goyen

Jan van Goyen
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 13, 1596
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: April 27, 1656

 40 Cornelis van Haarlem

Cornelis van Haarlem
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Habsburg Netherlands
Died: November 11, 1638

 41 Paulus Potter

Paulus Potter
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 20, 1625
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enkhuizen
Died: January 17, 1654

 42 Adriaen van Ostade

Adriaen van Ostade
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 10, 1610
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: May 2, 1685

 43 Bartholomeus van der Helst

Bartholomeus van der Helst
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: December 16, 1670

 44 Dirck van Baburen

Dirck van Baburen
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands
Died: February 21, 1624

 45 Coosje van Bruggen

Coosje van Bruggen
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: January 10, 2009

 46 Nicolaes Maes

Nicolaes Maes
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 31, 1634
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1693

 47 Willem Claesz Heda

Willem Claesz Heda
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 14, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1680 AD

 48 Pieter Lastman

Pieter Lastman
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 4, 1633

 49 Jozef Israëls

Jozef Israëls
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 27, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: August 12, 1911

 50 Willem Kalf

Willem Kalf
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1619 AD
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 31, 1693