Little is known of Hobbema's early life. He was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1638, passed most of his life there, and died there in 1709. He married a serving maid in 1668 and had three children. He was apprenticed to Jacob van Ruisdael whose style and subject matter had a profound influence on him. His earliest paintings bear the dates 1658-1659; he signed his first picture at the age of twenty.
Like Rembrandt, Hobbema was a poor man. Unable to support his children by his art, he became a wine gauger, measuring the contents of the great vats. After 1669, he held the position of municipal inspector of weights and measures.
Like most of the great Dutch painters of the
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