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 Quiringh Gerritsz Brekelenkam  (1622 - 1668)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands      Known for: portrait and figure painting

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A COBBLER AT WORK, HIS WIFE SPINNING WOOL
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Biography from Christie's Amsterdam:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Little is known of Quiringh Gerritsz Brekelenkam's career, which seems to have been for the most part spent in relative poverty.

The first mention of him is by Jacob Weyerman (De Levens-beschryvingen der Nederlandsche Konstschilders en Konst-schilderessen, 2, The Hague, 1729), which related that 'Jan Steen opened up an inn or rather a little pub ...  He had plenty of business but his customers seldom paid up promptly, as most were penniless painters.  Frans van Mieris, Ary de Vois, Quiring Breekelekamp [sic] and Jan Lievens were his daily customers and came at all hours of the day and night...'

Similarly, an unknown author reviewing Gerard Hoet's 1752 Catalogues of naamlyst van schilderyen (quoted by Lasius, op. cit., p. 11): 'The painters of his time, who called him simply Quiringh, often sought his company, as he was very witty and funny, having as well the gift of being able to imitate everyone's speech and mannerisms.  He was a little man, had many children and domestic cares and very little means...'.

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