Jan van Goyen
1596 – 1656
A leading Dutch landscape painter of the 17th century, he studied with the painter Esaiase van de Velde in Haarlem - one of the centres of Dutch art. In 1632 he relocated to Haag where he established his own painting workshop. Van Goyen's palette is predominantly brown, blue, green and grey. Very impressive are the light effects of landscapes he depicted. Compositions that came into existence in his studio after excellent sketches made in plein air are based on a low horizon placed into a great distance. Van Goyen most frequently works with the themes of sand dunes, water surfaces, rough sea and views of towns.