Gerrit Dou, 1613-1675: Master Painter in the Age of Rembrandt

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Gerrit Dou, an early pupil of Rembrandt, was one of the most highly esteemed Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, celebrated for the extraordinarily sensitive images he created with his fine and delicate technique. This beautiful book assembles and discusses thirty-five of his finest paintings. Founder of the Leiden school of fijnschilders, or "fine painters", Dou had an international clientele and was lauded by the theorist Philips Angel in his 1642 treatise Lof der Schilderkonst as an artist worthy of the honour accorded the ancients. The book presents a wide range of subjects painted by Dou over the course of his career. These include portraiture, still life, and religious images as well as scenes of daily life - mothers with their children, painters in their studios, scholars, shopkeepers, schoolmasters, musicians, and astronomers. Many of these works incorporate symbolic elements that Dou used to reflect the complexity of life's moral and ethical dilemmas. This book is the catalogue for an exhibition of Dou's works at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from 16 April to 6 August 2000 and at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, from 6 September to 19 November 2000.

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Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., is curator of northern baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and author of both Vermeer and the Art of Painting (0 300 06239 7) and Johannes Vermeer: Exhibition catalogue (ISBN 0 300 06558 2). Ronni Baer is the Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of European Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

From Library Journal:

Gerrit Dou was a 17th-century Dutch painter of small, meticulously detailed portraits, paintings of hermits, and scenes of domestic life. He received part of his artistic training in Rembrandt's studio and was very highly regarded for his color and light effects from his lifetime through the mid-19th century. Largely disregarded by art historians and museums from then until about 30 years ago, Dou's work has become the focus of renewed appreciation. This catalog accompanies an exhibit of the artist's painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which will also travel to London and The Hague. In addition to reproductions and discussions of the exhibited paintings, the catalog provides chapters on Dou's biography, detailed technical analyses of his working methods, and the history of the critical response to the artist's work over time. It would be a good addition to both scholarly and more general art history collections.DKathryn Wekselman, M.Ln., Cincinnati, OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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