Aert van der Neer

Neer, Aert van der (ärt vän dĕr nār) [key], c.1603–77, Dutch landscape painter. Working mostly in Amsterdam, he excelled in painting unusual light effects, such as moonlight, sunsets, conflagrations, and glimmering light on snow and ice. His winter landscapes are among the best in Dutch art. He is well represented in many European galleries. The Metropolitan Museum has his Sunset, The Farrier, and Landscape. His son and pupil, Eglon Hendrik van der Neer, 1634–1703, was a genre, landscape, and portrait painter. He was court painter to the elector palatine in Düsseldorf. He excelled in painting luxurious interiors, hunting scenes, and mythological or biblical subjects in Dutch settings. His Esther and Ahasuerus (Uffizi) is characteristic of his work.

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