Artist Spotlight: Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

Winter is coming! And while we haven’t had the first true snow here in Pennsylvania yet, we are anxiously awaiting its arrival. It felt only fitting for the theme this month for our Artist Spotlight to reflect the upcoming season and weather that will accompany it. We will be highlighting artists that are known for their depictions of the snowy weather, along with everything that you get to do in the snow! Our first artist this month is Barend Cornelis Koekkoek.

Koekkoek was born in 1803 and was a Dutch landscape artist as well as a lithographer. Born in the Netherlands, Koekkoek was the son of renowned marine painter, Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek. He grew up in an artistic environment and became known as the “Prince of Landscape Painting”. Koekkoek concentrated his landscape paintings in the summer and winter months. He was applauded by his peers of the time, pioneering and becoming the founding father of Dutch romantic landscape painting. He received endless accolades for his paintings and had clients including, Tsar Alexander II and King Willem II of the Netherlands.

It’s no secret that Koekkoek was a prolific artist of his time and his paintings of winter landscapes truly transport me into the scenes. I swear I can almost feel the cold winter wind stinging my face! What do you think about his works?

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