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Dutch Master Paintings

Updated on November 14, 2012


Dutch Master Paintings, also called Dutch Golden Age was a period in the 17th century.
As just someone that appreciates and enjoys Dutch Master Paintings have no expertise in painting or art or the history of The Dutch Golden Age, still as a layperson have enjoyed them. I wanted to give my personal opinions of the paintings and revisit them . I'm not going to go into detail of particular styles or techniques or history or even the names of the paintings.

Just what moved me.

In the above Vermeer the clouds to me aren't a great depiction, but the lighting of the clouds in contrast to the shadow of the buildings in the water up front and left have an almost peaceful effect. You can view more paintings by Vermeer here.

Paulus Potter

Look closely at his hand, his cuff, the whiteness. The light on his face, the glint of light on the edge of his seat.

In the above painting by Ostade, I'm drawn inexplicably to the pipe on the table, the shine on the drinking glass or vase the man on the left is holding.

Nicolaes Maes

Look at the detail of her hand and the folds of the red table cloth.


Look at the hand on the right .The use of light and shadow on her jaw and cheek . The imperfection of the eyes that are to me very realistic in that they don't quite match symmetrically yet make her seem familiar. More paintings by Rembrandt.

The colors in the water up front and on the left. Blues , grays , browns and  whites.


The lighting of the three central figures , for me completely distracts from the lack of realism in the girl on the left and the men.

Pieter de Hooch

The contrast of gold and red .

In this Gerard Dou Painting notice the shine of light on the gourd and basket . The colors in the material , almost used for balance of light and color . The detail and look in the boys face.

Jan Steen

The white in the collars , the dog's colors, the man seated on left and the light on his forehead.

I hope you enjoy the paintings as much as I do !


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      PhoenixV 20 months ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments.

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      DeniseDurham2011 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for your art hubs. Very good!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I loved looking at these paintings by the Dutch masters. I love Rembrandt and Ruebens, and thank you for showing work by Vermeer and Steen as well.....and the videos of the paintings are wonderful, with amazing music to go along with them. Thanks so much....great hub!

      Voted up, beautiful, useful and interesting.

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      Wieslaw 6 years ago

      I thing that paintinga by C Slebon Dutch painter are really very good. Is anybody who knows more about him? PLEASE anybody, Thank you

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Esaias Boursse

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      harpi 7 years ago

      hello , can you please tell me who painted a picture at 4:14( interior scene) in the movie which takes 5:43? thank you.

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      harpi 7 years ago

      extremely brilliant

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Had to stop by again, I just love the Dutch Masters, and am so glad someone is giving them some attention for their work is just amazing and beautiful.

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I love this hub. In fact I have not read one of your hubs that I did not like. I love art and the brotherhood of the pre-raphaelites are some of my favorite artists. I do, however, enjoy the Dutch masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

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      greatart 7 years ago

      Great art

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      Nola Barnard 7 years ago

      Where can I get information on the painter C Slebon? PLEASE anybody, Thank you

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Phoenix, I truly love this hub, its amazing. The Dutch Masters sure knew how to paint, and use light, like you said. The video is incredible, it was like walking through an art museum. Thanks for sharing.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      This is a fabulous Hub. Thank you very much for sharing these exquisite paintings.

      I have the 2 Rembrandts on the wall in my home. (Also did a Hub about my collection of Rembrandt copies—I have 10.) But the Steen and the Maes are my favorites here—especially the Maes. I had not seen that painting before. It is absolutely gorgeous! Wow! I love it.

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      RCold 8 years ago

      An appreciation of art is always a good thing! You chose some awesome paintings and painters to discuss!

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      There is some beautiful art here on your hub! My daughter is really into the great masters but I only know the big names.

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      Jon Green 8 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      Very nice hub. For me, Vermeer is just the best. The picture you've chosen is terrific, and doesn't require any art history waffle for you to appreciate it.

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      awcase 8 years ago

      these are great phoenix thx