Willem Buytewech

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Buytewech, Willem


Born 1591 or 1592 in Rotterdam; died there on Sept. 23, 1624. Dutch painter, graphic artist, and etcher. One of the creators of Dutch genre art and national landscape painting. His genre paintings (in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest and the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam) show an original combination of vivid and lifelike characterization of types with allegorical and theatrical elements. His landscape etchings and his drawings of scenes of domestic and street life are striking in the bold realism of their new approach; in them he achieves a rare acuity of observation, as well as artistic freedom and an expressive style.


Haverkamp Begemann. E. Willem Buytewech. Amsterdam, 1959.
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While the Frans Halsmuseum and the Hamburger Kunsthalle, organisers of the exhibition, gathered some important loans--four by Frans Hals (only two shown in Haarlem), four Willem Buytewechs, and examples by Leyster, Jan Miense Molenaer, and Steen--many lesser pictures too often intrude, particularly those by Dirck Hals, Adriaen van Ostade, Isack van Ostade, others in poor condition (nos.
The most innovative proponents of the rustic landscape, and this is no surprise, are the great Haarlem printmakers of the first quarter of the seventeenth century: Claes Jansz Visscher first and foremost, but also Willem Buytewech and the cousins Esaias and Jan II van de Velde.