Netherlands • 1618−1652

Biography and information

Initially he studied painting from his father, later Abraham Blumart. From 1638 to 1641 he lived in Utrecht, where he became a prominent member of the Guild of artists. The views of the mountains and the wooded surroundings of Rome, filled with the Golden light of the sun and the lively figures of Italian farmers, show the influence of Claude Lorrain and Pieter van Laer, whom he met in Rome. On his return to Utrecht after the death of his brother in 1642, he left the production genre and targeted works and photos of Italian landscapes bathed in a warm Golden light.

Yang Bot worked in collaboration with his brother (until his death in 1641). Like Andries, he studied in the Studio Blumart, which, however, has made it noticeable effects. In 1635-1641 he lives in Rome, then returned to Utrecht. Jan Bot is one of the best masters Italianate landscape, but the true blossoming of his talent begins only upon returning home. The figures in his landscapes are executed in the same genre "bamboccianti", which employed his brother and Peter van Lahr. It a perfect and peaceful views of the mountains and forests sometimes reach huge sizes and are immersed in the enchanting atmosphere of sunshine, illuminating and transforming the whole of nature. It is possible to see the effect of Swanevelt and Claude Lorrain, art, which painting unit was already connected Sandrart and Houbraken. It is difficult enough to trace the evolution of his art, since the artist almost never dated his paintings. One of his favorite motifs is a group of trees on the edge of the road, written in the contour. His style evolved toward more detailed and more living image of leaves and branches, the artist aims to convey the transparency of the atmosphere. Yang Bot had a great influence on Willem de Geisha, one of the best of his followers, as well as Berchem and Panamera. Masterpiece of Jan Bot is a huge and poetic painting "landscape with a draughtsman" (Amsterdam, the State. Museum).