DALENS, Dirck II
(b. 1659, Amsterdam, d. 1688, Amsterdam)

Biography

Dutch painter, part of a family of painters, specialised in landscapes. He was the son and pupil of Willem Dalens (1628-1675), and the grandson of Dirck Dalens I, both of whom were landscape painters in Haarlem and Dordrecht and, later, in Amsterdam. His son was Dirck Dalens III.

Dirck Dalens II was the pupil of both his father and grandfather, but his style was altogether more "modern", taking on the elegant Italianate air which had been introduced into Dutch painting by such artists as Jan Both and Nicholas Berchem. His work is rare, and few signed examples are known. His work is elegant and suffused with warm southern light and is reminiscent of the work of Frederick and Isaak de Moucheron.