Gerrit Houckgeest

(c. 1600—1661)

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(b The Hague, c.1600; d Bergen-op-Zoom, Aug. 1661). Dutch painter of architectural views. He began his career in The Hague, ended it in Bergen-op-Zoom, where he settled in 1653, and in between worked in Delft (he perhaps also visited England in the 1630s). Initially he painted imaginary architectural views, but in about 1650 he changed to depicting real church interiors. His works in this vein—luminous and precisely delineated—are among the most sensitive architectural paintings of the time (Interior of the New Church at Delft, 1651, Mauritshuis, The Hague).

From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.

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