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 Jan Hackaert  (1628 - 1685)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands/Holland      Known for: landscape painting

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Typical of Jan Hackaert's work are wooded landscapes with soft dusky skies, arranged trees, blue tinged mountains in the distance, and bucolic figures with sheep or cattle.  Hackaert also painted forest landscapes with hunting scenes, and they have been popular because they reflected the prosperity and affluent leisure pursuits, real or coveted, of their prospective buyers.

Hackaert was a Dutch painter, draughtsman and etcher who specialized particularly in Italianate landscapes and woodland scenes.  Influenced greatly by the respective styles of Dutch Italiante artists such as Jan Both (c.1610-1652) and Jan Asselijn (c.1615-1652), Hackaert's exceptional treatment of colour owes much to these two predecessors.

Between 1653 and 1656, Hackaert is known to have visited Switzerland several times and interestingly, not Italy, despite long held suspicions to the contrary. Whilst in Switzerland, he made several large topographical drawings for a multi-volume atlas compiled by Laurens van der Herm, an Austrian lawyer who commissioned such views from several artists.

In his landscape paintings, Hackaert often collaborated with other artists such as Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674) and Nicholaes Berchem who executed the staffage for some of his works.

As well as the Swiss topographical drawings, Hackaert made several other drawings in the style of Jan Both, some of whose works he owned and copied. These drawings are sketchier, broader and lighter in execution than his topographical work. Seven etchings by him are also known, all showing northern European landscapes. According to Hofstede de Groot (see Literature), Hackaert's latest signed work dates from 1685, in which year, or soon after, he is assumed to have died.

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Jan Hackaert was born in Amsterdam during the golden age of Dutch & Flemish painting. Known for his strong paintings of wildlife, hunts scenes and landscapes, Hackaert was a successful and respected artist in his native Holland, as well as in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

When he collaborated with Lingelbach, Berchem and Adriaen Van de Veld, he would often paint the classical landscapes and other artists would paint the figures or animals.

Hackaert's work is represented in museums across Europe, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Rome and St. Petersburg. For centuries, his art has held a strong following among connoisseurs of the Northern Classical tradition.

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