WOUWERMAN, Philips

Creator

WOUWERMAN, Philips
b. The Netherlands, 1619 - 1668
Renowned for his rolling landscapes and detailed depiction of horses, Philips Wouwerman was born in Haarlem in 1619. He was the eldest son of the painter Pouwels Joosten and his fourth wife, Susanna van den Bogertwaga. Philips most likely received his first painting lessons from his father but none of his father’s work has been identified making impossible to determine the extent of his influence on his son’s work.

Wouwerman next apprenticed to Frans Hals and then travelled to Germany were he spent several weeks working in Hamburg and studying with history painter Evert Decker. He also married Annetje Pietersz van Broeckhof.

In 1640, Wouwerman became a member of the Haarlem painters' guild and beginning in 1646 held the office of vinder (painting inventory).

In the following years his presence in Haarlem is well documented but because of the many southern elements in his landscapes it has been suggested that Wouwerman travelled to France or Italy. However, there is no documentary evidence of his having left Haarlem for any length of time. Wouwerman died in May of 1668 and was buried three days in Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem.
Having attained a certain degree of wealth, upon his widow’s death, large sums of money were left to each of his seven childern.

Wouwerman has been celebrated as one the most prolific artists during the 17th and 18th century and was highly collected by European princes.

Citation

WOUWERMAN, Philips, b. The Netherlands, 1619 - 1668, and Renowned for his rolling landscapes and detailed depiction of horses, Philips Wouwerman was born in Haarlem in 1619. He was the eldest son of the painter Pouwels Joosten and his fourth wife, Susanna van den Bogertwaga. Philips most likely received his first painting lessons from his father but none of his father’s work has been identified making impossible to determine the extent of his influence on his son’s work. Wouwerman next apprenticed to Frans Hals and then travelled to Germany were he spent several weeks working in Hamburg and studying with history painter Evert Decker. He also married Annetje Pietersz van Broeckhof. In 1640, Wouwerman became a member of the Haarlem painters' guild and beginning in 1646 held the office of vinder (painting inventory). In the following years his presence in Haarlem is well documented but because of the many southern elements in his landscapes it has been suggested that Wouwerman travelled to France or Italy. However, there is no documentary evidence of his having left Haarlem for any length of time. Wouwerman died in May of 1668 and was buried three days in Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem. Having attained a certain degree of wealth, upon his widow’s death, large sums of money were left to each of his seven childern. Wouwerman has been celebrated as one the most prolific artists during the 17th and 18th century and was highly collected by European princes., “WOUWERMAN, Philips,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 25, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/3203.