Friday, July 4, 2008

Hercules Pietersz Seghers

Another artist i have become obsessed with over the years is Hercules Seghers. I stumbled upon his work accidentally a few years ago and have been hungry for them ever since.


HET DAL OMRINGD DOOR BERGEN Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet / 11 x 18,5 cm

HET LANDSCHAP MET DE PUNTIGE ROTS EN DE GEVORKTE BOOM Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet / 10,2 x 18 cm

RIVIERDAL MET HUIZEN Rotterdam, museum Boymans van Beuningen / 70 x 86,6 cm. Olieverf op doek

HET ROTSACHTIGE LANDSCHAP MET LAAGHANGENDE WOLKEN Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet / 14,4 x 20,1 cm

Mountainous-landscape Museum Bredius

1633-Mountain Landscape Uffizi Gallery
1620-1630-Landscape with overhanging fir Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Hercules was born in Haarlem, as the son of a Mennonite cloth merchant, originally from Flanders, who moved to Amsterdam in 1596. There Hercules was apprenticed to the leading Dutch landscapist of the day Gillis van Coninxloo, but his apprenticeship was presumably cut short by Coninxloo's death in 1606. Seghers and his father bought a number of his works at the auction of the studio contents, as Pieter Lastman did. Seghers' father died in 1612, after which he returned to Haarlem, joining the artists guild. He returned to Amsterdam in 1614 to obtain custody of an illegitimate daughter, and the following year married Anneke van der Brugghen from Antwerp, who was sixteen years older than him. In 1620 he bought a large house in the Jordaan on the Lindengracht for about 4,000 guilders, but by the late 1620's he was in debt, and in 1631 had to sell it. From his studio at the top of the house, which was pulled down in 1912, he had a view on the recently finished Noorderkerk which is on one of his etchings.[4] In the same year he moved to Utrecht and started to sell art. In 1633 he moved to the Hague. He appears to have died by 1638, when a Cornelia de Witte is mentioned as widow of a "Hercules Pieterz.". Like much of the detailed documentation of Segher's life, this link depends on the assumed rarity of his first name. Some later sources said that Segers took to drink towards the end of his life and died after falling down the stairs.[5]
His posthumous reputation was boosted by the Inleyding tot de hooge schoole der schilderkonst (Introduction to the High School of Painting) of Samuel van Hoogstraten which presented him rather as a Romantic genius avant la lettre, lonely, poor and misunderstood, based mostly on his etchings.


littlejoke said...

Thanks for posting this. I had no idea you had a Blogspot journal since I never get round to updating Counterforces, much less reading other people's blogs here as distinct from ones on LiveJournal.

maxwell said...

thanks for reading.

you need to update counterforces.

i need more interesting stuff to read when im not failing at painting!