Gerrit Dou
(Dutch, 1613 - 1675)
Self Portrait in a Window
by Gerrit Dou
This person is associated with: Dutch Golden Age

Dutch painter from Leiden, in 1628 he became the first pupil of Rembrandt.

His early work resembled that of his master but after Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam in 1631/2, Dou developed his own style of minute detail and glossy surfaces. He often painted with the aid of a magnifying glass in order to create the detail we see today. He was famous for his portraits and genre scenes painted from a trompe-l'oeil window but also for his night scenes.

In 1648 he became one of the founders of the Guild of St Luke, along with Jan Steen, another painter of genre compositions.  He became a well respected and prosperous artist during his lifetime and even turned down an invitation from Charles II to visit England.  His pictures were much sought after and fetched higher prices than those of Rembrandt van Rijn. 

He was perhaps the master of Gabriel Metsu.

About 120 of his works are known.

Name:Gerrit Dou
Dates:1613 - 1675
Nationality:Dutch
Sex:Male
Self Portraits
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Top owners of works by this artist
Musée du Louvre(France - Paris)9 artworks
Private collection8 artworks
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam(Netherlands - Amsterdam)6 artworks
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Rotterdam(Netherlands - Rotterdam)3 artworks
Fitzwilliam Museum(United Kingdom - Cambridge)3 artworks
National Gallery - London(United Kingdom - London)3 artworks
Royal Collection Trust (UK) - Buckingham Palace(United Kingdom - London)3 artworks
Residenzgalerie Salzburg(Austria - Salzburg)2 artworks
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY(United States - New York)2 artworks
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum(United Kingdom - Cheltenham)2 artworks
Mauritshuis(Netherlands - The Hague)1 artworks

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Explanation:
This person died over 70 years ago (in 1675).