Caspar (Gaspard) Netscher

c. 1639-1684 Netherlands-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Caspar Netscher was born in Heidelberg. At the age of two, his father, who was in service during the civil war, died in Prague and his mother fled to Arnhem, losing her two other sons to hunger on the way. A Physician Samaritan named Tullekens adopted Caspar, and when he later realised his talents, he placed him under Gerard Terborch for tuition. He had made rare advances by the time he left that master, and he departed for Italy via Bordeaux. He never got further than Bordeaux as he married Margaretha Godijn there, and after three years they moved to The Hague with their first son. In the Hague, he became acquainted with Gerrit de Hooch and Gerard Dou. His paintings did not sell well until he concentrated on portraiture. From then on, he was in high demand, particularly amongst notable citizens and visiting dignitaries. His portrayal of fabric was exceptional, and his chiaroscuro effect was well executed. Sir William Temple enticed him to work for Charles II in London, but he preferred to work more freely in his home setting. His three sons became painters, most notably Constantijn.

 

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Lady with a
Parrot

A Lady with a Parrot and a Gentleman with a Monkey

Cecilia
de jonge

Cecilia de jonge van Ellemeet

Friedrich
August-

Friedrich August von Sachsen-Eisenach

Portrait of a
Man

Portrait of a Man

Abraham
Lennep

Abraham Lennep

Blowing
Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles

The
Seduction

The Seduction

Girl Holding
a Letter

Girl Holding a Letter

Suzanna
Huygens

Suzanna Huygens

The
Medalion

Presentation of the Medalion

The
Lace Maker

The lace maker

Sleeping
Soldier

Sleeping Soldier

Vertumnus
and Pomone

Vertumnus and Pomone

Venus with
Cupid

Venus with Cupid

Writing a
Letter

Officer Writing a Letter

Mary
Stuart II

Mary Stuart two

Maria
Timmers

Maria Timmers

Lady at the
Window

Lady at the Window

Johan de
Witt-

Johan de Witt-Grand Pensionary of Holland

A Musical
Evening

A Musical Evening