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Simon Frisius (1570-1628)

Simon Frisius (1570-1628)

Also called Simon de Vries, was a Dutch engraver, who appears to be related to Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527-c.1608).
He was born at Harlingen Frisius is regarded as one of the first to bring etching to perfection. Abraham Bosse, in his treatise on the art of engraving, observes that the first artist to whom he was indebted for intelligence was Simon Frisius, whom he thinks was entitled to great credit, as being one of the first to handle the point with freedom and facility.

Besides calligraphic illustrations, Frisius made portraits, landscapes and depictions of historical scenes. His etchings are bold and masterly; and in his hatchings he approaches the neatness and strength of the graver. The prints of De Vries are scarce, and are much esteemed. The small figures which he occasionally introduced into his landscapes are correctly drawn. He frequently marked his plates S. F. fecit, but sometimes with the word fecit only.

He started his career in Paris, and worked in Rouen and Amsterdam before moving to the Hague in 1611 where he became a member of the Confrerie Pictura. He travelled in France, Spain, Germany, Bohemia, and Russia.

Taking advantage of business opportunities Frisius became a wealthy man. He profited from his art too. At his death, in 1629, he left an oeuvre of 230 prints, mainly etchings.


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