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Govaert
Flinck

Netherlands 
1615−1660
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Govert Flink (niderl. Govert (Govaert) Teuniszoon Flinck; January 25, 1615, Kleve, Germany - February 2, 1660, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) - Dutch painter, portrait painter, painter of the Golden Age. Descended from a family of merchants. His father sent him to an apprentice to a tailor, but the craving for painting turned out to be stronger. Hovert Flink's first mentor was an artist Lambert jacobswho wrote historical canvases and was a famous Mennonite pastor.

In 1633, Govert Flink moved to Amsterdam and entered the workshop to Rembrandt van Rhine. He became one of their best students master. Three years later he left the studio and became an independent artist. In 1656, he married Sophia van der Hoven, the daughter of one of the directors of the Dutch East India Company. He died at the age of 45, not having time to complete a large project - 12 canvases with historical characters and battle scenes for the Amsterdam Town Hall.

Features of the artist Goverth Flink: Researchers call the first period of creativity the best. During this time he painted portraits, mythological and religious subjects. The most famous painting of this period is Isaac Blessing Jacob. After leaving the workshop of Rembrandt, he began to paint many portraits. They can replace the influence of a popular artist Bartholomeus van der Gelst with its decorative manner of writing. In the later period he created group portraits in a solemn baroque manner.

Famous paintings of Govert Flink: "Rembrandt in the image of a cowgirl with a flute", "Captain Albert's Company", "Bathsheba with a letter from King David", "Isaac blesses Jacob", "Manny Kurii Dentat preferred turnips to gold".

Author: Alexandra Berezhnaya

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