Authors

Esaias van de Velde

Amsterdam 1587 - The Hague 1630

Van de Velde was a landscape artist, a painter of genre scenes and battles, a designer and printer. He was the son of the Protestant painter Hans van de Velde, born in Amsterdam in 1587, where he remained until 1609. His first apprenticeship was probably with his father and Gillis van Coninxloo, and it is possible that after Coninxloo’s death in 1607, he studied with David Vinckboons. In 1609, after his father’s death, the van de Velde family decided to reunite in Haarlem. The first piece of information we have about this painter in Haarlem is dated 26th August 1609. He was named a member of the reformed community in 1610 and married the following year. His wife was the cousin of Jacob Martens. In 1612 he was named member of the St Lucas Guild and in 1618 he travelled to The Hague. He was a key artist in paintings of landscapes and genre scenes as well as battles. In the first third of the 17th century he founded his own studio and had pupils and followers, like his brother-in-law Jacob Martens. He painted the figures in many artists’ paintings, such as in Bartolomeus van Bassen’s architectural scenes and many painters’ landscapes. His engraving work was equally as important.

The garden party

The garden party

A cavarly skirmish in a mountain landscape

A cavarly skirmish in a mountain landscape