14 facts about Anthonie Verstraelen

By Gwylym Owen

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Anthonie Verstraelen or Van Stralen (Gorkum, 1593/1594 – Amsterdam, 1641) was a Dutch landscape painter, best known (with Hendrik Avercamp and his nephew Barend Avercamp) for his winter scenes.

Gillis van Stralen, Antonie’s father, was a textile merchant. The associates originated in Weert but moved with 1584-1590 to Gorkum, presumably because of Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma’s armies marching through the area.

We don’t listen much from Anthonie Verstraelen, until 1635 gone he married Catalijntje van Oosten from Antwerp. The location of the wedding is unknown. The couple went to living in Oude Spiegelstraat, near Singel. In Amsterdam Antonie got into a dispute when the Sint Lucasgilde, for its laxness in allowing in too many non-citizen painters.

In 1641 he was buried in the Westerkerk. In 1644 his two kids inherited two hundred guilder each from the sale of their father’s paintings. The paintings must have been sold unconditionally cheap. His widow remarried their guardian Emmanuel Jacobszoon van Hoogerheijm, an run of the mill Leiden ‘fijnschilder’. Three months far along their first son became born, Jacob van Hogerheijm, who as well as became a forgotten painter.

This article is a translation from the Dutch Wikipedia.

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