Bouts, Dierick, Dirk, or Thierry(dē`rĭk, dĭrk, tyĕ`rē bouts), c.1420–1475, early Netherlandish painter, b. Haarlem, active in Louvain. Bouts was influenced by Roger van der Weyden, the van Eycks, and Petrus Christus. His elongated, often stiffly posed figures occupy landscapes that reveal a loving care for detail. His luminous panels have a calm beauty, particularly in the landscape backgrounds, where his sensitive treatment of changing color and light is demonstrated. The Last Supper altarpiece (St. Peter's, Louvain) is his major work. Two paintings of the Madonna and a portrait are in the Metropolitan Museum.
Bora circa 1415 in Haarlem; died May 6, 1475, in Louvain. Dutch painter.
Bouts probably studied under Roger van der Weyden; he also was influenced by J. van Eyck. In his paintings (the altarpiece Mystery of the Eucharist, 1464–67, St. Pieterskirk, Louvain; the diptych The Judgment of Otto III, Museum of Ancient Art, Brussels) the exalted and the commonplace are interwoven and the conventions of Gothic techniques (vertical rhythm, elongation of figures) are combined with the persuasiveness of depiction and precision of observations (portrayed persons, genre motifs, interiors, and still life, as well as landscapes imbued with a lyrical feeling).