Authors

Daniel van Heil

Brussels 1604 - Brussels 1662

This artist was the son of the painter Leon van Heil, with whom he trained. He was inscribed as master of the Brussels Guild in 1627. Between 1643 and 1660, six apprentices worked in his studio, including his son Theodore. He was a follower of Jacques d’Arthois (Brussels 1613 - Brussels 1683). Daniel van Heil’s production can be divided into three types of landscapes: fire scenes, winter landscapes and landscapes, with ruins, although his work also extended to landscapes with views and traditional motifs. Some modern authors have tried to make Daniel van Heil the last representative of the fires of “The Forest” and Brueghel, an honour that he probably would not have claimed for himself. Van Heil’s winter landscapes are of a higher quality than his depictions of fires, demonstrating the influence of Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600 - Haarlem 1670). However, he often painted bare trees against the light, so that the branches resemble pieces of string. Daniel van Heil was the prototype of the 17th century painter, who responded to his contemporaries’ requests, not searching for or putting originality to the test, but working with integrity and demonstrating enormous talent in his winter landscapes.

Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape