Lucas van Uden

Dates1595 - 1672/1673

Lucas van Uden was the son of the town painter of Antwerp, then a world capital and artistic center. In about 1627 he joined Antwerp's Guild of Saint Luke as a "master's son." Though he traveled along the Rhine from 1644 to 1646 and didn't appear in records there for a period around 1649, he spent most of his career in Antwerp.

Van Uden's great talent was for observing nature. According to his biographer, Van Uden took walks in the country in the early mornings, solely to sketch. Though landscape artists commonly employed others to paint figures in their settings, Van Uden usually painted them himself.Van Uden's style was heavily influenced by Peter Paul Rubens's art, and he may have worked for a time in his studio. Van Uden copied numerous Rubens compositions and introduced Rubensian elements into his own landscapes: a woman carrying a round jug on her head, cows at a watering place, and stylistic devices like foreground trees lit from behind, with yellow-orange-tipped branches. Watercolors and etchings, for which Van Uden is most admired, display his refined sense of light and mood.