|Dates||1596 - 1656|
|Born||Leyden, The Netherlands|
|Died||The Hague, The Netherlands|
Jan van Goyen began his apprenticeship at age ten and studied with six different masters. Only one influenced him deeply--Esaias van de Velde, a pioneer of
By the 1650s Van Goyen's colors became more luminous, but he never moved too far from monochrome tonalities. With about 1,200 paintings recorded, plus etchings and drawings, Van Goyen was both highly prolific and highly influential. Despite his other career as a picture dealer, he constantly had financial difficulties and died insolvent because he kept speculating in land, houses, and tulip bulbs. His daughter married the painter Jan Steen.