Hendrick Avercamp Biography
(1585 - May 15, 1634)Avercamp was a Dutch painter.
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands Avercamp was baptized on January 27, 1585. Avercamp was deaf and dumb and known as de Stomme van Kampen (the mute of Kampen). For his artistic training, Hendrick Avercamp was sent to Amsterdam to study with the Danish portrait painter Pieter Isaacks (1569-1625). As one of the first landscape painters of the 17th-century Dutch school, Avercamp specialized in painting The Netherlands in winter. Avercamp paintings are colorful and lively, with carefully crafted images of the people in the lanscape.
Avercamp paintings enjoyed great popularity and he sold his drawings, many of which were tinted with water-color, as finished paintings to be pasted into the albums of collectors. Queen Elizabeth II has an outstanding collection of his paintings at Windsor Castle, England. Hendrick Avercamp died in Kampen, the Netherlands and was interred in the Sint Nicolaaskerk in Kampen.