Goyen Jan van (1596 - 1656)
The prominent Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher. One of the founders of the traditions of the Netherlands realistic landscape of the 1st half of XVII century. Born in Leiden, learned arts from I. Svanenburg, later in Harleme - from E. van de Velde. In 1618 he opened his own studio. In addition to painting and selling his own works, he was engaged in evaluating the works of art and trading them. He traveled a lot and worked in France, Flanders, and Germany. In 1632 he and his family finally settled in Hague. At that time the main themes of his works were the river landscapes with towns and villages on the low banks, painted almost in monochrome chord of brown paint and sketchy manner. He had many disciples and followers. His works are presented in the Hermitage, the State Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery in Prague, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the Dresden Picture Gallery, and the art museums of Cleveland, Vienna and others.