Nicolas Verkolye

Dates1673 - 1746

Born to a family of painters, Nicolas Verkolye studied with his father Jan, who specialized in genre scenes set in richly furnished interiors but also painted mythological scenes and portraits. Like his father, Nicolas was a versatile artist, producing genre pieces as well as mythological scenes, ceiling paintings, and portraits. Also like Jan, Nicolas was an expert in mezzotint engraving, which reached the zenith of its popularity in the 1700s.

In 1700 Verkolye settled in Amsterdam, where he changed his styles and formats to accommodate early eighteenth-century taste. One picture might be in the classicizing French academic style, while another could be entirely in the manner of a seventeenth-century Dutch painting, showing keen interest in realism and simplicity. This ability to employ styles as needed made him very popular with collectors.

Verkolye continued the high standards of workmanship, precise drawing, and minute execution of the painters in Holland's university town of Leiden. He also carried on Gerard ter Borch's tradition of showing interiors with scenes of the life of the wealthy classes.