(b Naarden, nr. Amsterdam, ?1600/3; bur. Haarlem, 3 Nov. 1670). Dutch landscape painter, active in Haarlem, where he became a member of the painters' guild in 1623. His earliest works show the influence of Esaias van de Velde and in the 1630s he was so close in style to Jan van Goyen that it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the work of the two artists. Both of them excelled in atmospheric, virtually monochromatic river scenes and they are the leading masters of this type of picture.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)