Karel Dujardin (1622 - 1678)

Karel Dujardin (1622 - 1678)
Karel DujardinDutch School Dutch Painter and print maker. Karel Dujardin is thought to have studied under Nicolaes Berchem and Paulus Potter, although that had never been confirmed.
Based on his subject matter, he probably traveled to Italy in the 1640’s and then lived and worked in France for two years in the early 1650’s. In or shortly before 1656, Dujardin moved to The Hague, where he was involved in the establishment of the painters' association Pictura. He himself was a member of the association from 1656 to 1658.
Dujardin was back in Amsterdam in May i659, and remained there until 1675. In May 1672, he and several other Amsterdam painters were asked to appraise a number of Italian paintings, from which we can infer that he was considered an expert. He was more than able to make ends meet: in Amsterdam he lived in a house on the fashionable Herengracht, and in an inventory made of his chattels and movables indicates that in his maturity he enjoyed considerable wealth.
In August 1675, Dujardin set sail for Italy (his second visit?) with his friend Joan Reynst. Houbraken says he intended to accompany Reynst only as far as the North Sea island of Texel but changed his mind en route and continued the voyage to Italy. The ship also called on Tangiers in North Africa. Dujardin initially stayed in Rome, where he was known to the Dutch painters working in Italy as 'Bokkebaert', the Dutch word for 'goatee'. He later moved to Venice and was buried there on 9 October 1678.

Dujardin was a versatile artist who painted landscapes, cattle and portraits as well as religious and mythological scenes. The Italian and Flemish Baroque artists influenced his detailed and brightly-lit landscapes. Dujardin traveled to Italy in 1675 and began painting river scenes and figures in a gray palette. Karel Du Jardin was a pupil of Nicolas Berchem. Like his tutor he was impressed by Italian landscape art and as no other he could hold the pastoral atmosphere and depicted it

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