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    • Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651)


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        Abraham Bloemaert was an Utrecht Mannerist. He was in Paris 1580-83 and returned to Utrecht to paint elaborate history and genre subjects, bright in colour and with an exaggerated figure style reminiscent of Wtewael. He was important in the formation of the Utrecht School because he was the teacher of so many other painters, including Both, J.G. Cupy, Honthorst, Brugghem, Weenix, and others. He came strongly under the influence (like countless other artists) of Caravaggio (although he never visited Italy) in the early 1620s, just when his pupil Honthorst returned from Italy with new ideas. His son, Hendrik (c.1601-72), was also a painter and his pupil.

        There are works by Abraham in the Royal Coll. and in Amsterdam, Barnard Castle (Bowes Mus.), Berlin, Brunswick, Brussels, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Grenoble, Haarlem, The Hague, Hamburg, Leamington Spa, Leyden, London (V&A, Ham House, Blackheath), Nottingham, Ottawa, Paris (Louvre), Stockholm, Toledo Ohio, Utrecht and Vienna.

      • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)


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