Meindert Hobbema - Dutch School
HOBBEMA WAS PROBABLY born in Amsterdam. In 1668 he married Geltie Vinck, a servant maid four years his senior; by her he had a son and two daughters. Through her influence he obtained a post in the wine office of the Excise. The little stipend derived from his employment scarcely relieved the poverty which beset him all his life. His period of activity as an artist was brief, eleven years. He was a painter of the pleasant countryside of Holland, of red roofed houses, canals, streams, watermills. Always a landscape painter, it was recorded that the human figures incidental to his compositions were painted by his friends, Ruysdael and Van de Velde. Hobbema died in poverty at the age of 70.