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(bapt. Haarlem, 24 May 1619; d Haarlem, 19 May 1668). The most celebrated member of a family of Dutch painters from Haarlem, where he worked virtually all his life. He became a member of the painters' guild in 1640 and is said by a contemporary source to have been a pupil of Frans Hals. The only thing he has in common with Hals, however, is his nimble brushwork, for he specialized in landscapes of hilly country with horses—cavalry skirmishes, camps, hunts, travellers halting outside an inn, and so on.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)