Aelbert Cuyp

Dutch, 1620–1691

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Aelbert Cuyp

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Dutch, 1620–1691

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Landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp hailed from a family of artists; his grandfather and uncle were glaziers, and his father Jacob Cuyp was a successful portrait artist with whom Cuyp would professionally collaborate (he would paint the backdrops while his father painted the figures). Cuyp’s own works were characterized by their frequent featuring of bucolic landscapes and narrow range of color—a hallmark of the tonal phase of Dutch landscape painting. While his early style was influenced heavily by Jan van Goyen, with whom he studied, his mature style was hailed for its use of atmospheric lighting, richer hues, and more lyrical compositions. Cuyp is often considered an inspiration for Johannes Vermeer’s handling of light. He also painted still lifes, animals, and portraits.

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Biography

Landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp hailed from a family of artists; his grandfather and uncle were glaziers, and his father Jacob Cuyp was a successful portrait artist with whom Cuyp would professionally collaborate (he would paint the backdrops while his father painted the figures). Cuyp’s own works were characterized by their frequent featuring of bucolic landscapes and narrow range of color—a hallmark of the tonal phase of Dutch landscape painting. While his early style was influenced heavily by Jan van Goyen, with whom he studied, his mature style was hailed for its use of atmospheric lighting, richer hues, and more lyrical compositions. Cuyp is often considered an inspiration for Johannes Vermeer’s handling of light. He also painted still lifes, animals, and portraits.

Career Highlights
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Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
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