Hendrick van Anthonissen

painter, grisaille painter
North Netherlandish
Amsterdam 1605-05-29
Amsterdam 1656-11-12
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zoon van Aert Anthonisz, zwager van Jan Porcellis, vader van Arnoldus van Anthonissen (Briels). Door verkeerde interpretatie van de signatuur werd Aert Anthonisz. ten onrechte Aert (van ) Antum genoemd. Saur verwijst bij Antum (ten onrechte) naar de gehele familie.
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Period of activity
1626 - 1656
kocht in 1626 van zijn leermeester Jan Porcellis enkele tekeningen
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  • Amsterdam 1626 - 1630
    in 1626 leerling (vermeld als Hendrick Aertsz) van Jan Porcellis (Bredius, p. 215); trouwde in 1630 te Amsterdam met Judith Flessiers, schoonzus van Jan Porcellis
  • Den Haag 1631
    verhuisde in 1631 naar Den Haag (Briels)
  • Leiden 1632 - 1635
    verhuisde in 1632 naar Leiden en maakte daar op 19 september 1632 een testament (Briels)
  • Leiderdorp 1635 - 1642
  • Duins 1639
  • Amsterdam 1642 - 1651
    woonde vanaf 1642 weer in Amsterdam (Briels)
  • Rijnsburg
  • Amsterdam 1654 - 1656
    -, in 1626 as the servant -i.e. pupil- of Jan Porcellis (Br. p.615), whose influence determined his style. When Porcellis moved on to Ley- den his pupil apparently set up for himself at Amsterdam; when in Dec 1630 the bans were read for his marriage to Judith Fles- siers, sister of Jan Porcellis' wife Janneke, he was still re- corded as residing at Amsterdam (Br. p.629). But it is obvious from many acts that the pupil had been fully accepted in the Flessiers clan. Shortly after the death of Jan Porcellis early 1632 Hendrick and Judith moved to Leyden (later to Leyderdorp). In c.1639 they moved back to Amsterdam for good -taking along Janneke Porcellis, who died there in late 1641-. It is true that in 1651 Hendrick is recorded as living at Rijnsburg near Leyden again (Br. p.632) and that his presence is attested by documentary evidence at Rotterdam and by pictorial evidence on the Zeeland streams. But this born marine painter apparently had the urge to be afloat from time to time and there is ample evidence suggesting that from then on he kept his main residence at Amsterdam, where his death occurred -and from where his widow Judith moved back to Leyden soon-. Hendrick van Anthonissen marked his works in capital let- ters, HVA plus as many following letters as he could squeeze in. But this we don't really know for his early years when he called himself first Hendrick Aertsz and then Hendrick Antho- nisz (lastly in 1632). The "van" appears in documents from 1633 onwards; early works may well be marked HA, without the V.
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
marine (as genre), beach scene
oil paint
Entered on: 1991-11-20; Modification on: 2017-03-30


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