HAAGEN, Joris Abrahamsz. van der
(b. ca. 1615, Arnhem, d. 1669, Den Haag)

Biography

Dutch painter, specialized in landscapes. Archival evidence shows that he started his drawing career in Arnhem. He probably learned to paint from his father, the painter Abraham van der Haagen. When his father died he moved in 1639 to the Hague, where he joined the Guild of St. Luke in 1643. A year later he became honorary citizen of The Hague. In 1656 he was one of the founding members of the Confrerie Pictura, which was located on the Princessegracht in the Hague. The painting he made of the Princessegracht at this time probably shows the original building, which has since been renovated beyond recognition. He died in The Hague.

He is known for his landscapes, and especially his views of various cities in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Sometimes he collaborated with other painters, who painted figures in his landscapes. Evidence shows he worked with Dirck Wijntrack, Paulus Potter, Ludolf de Jongh, Jan Wynants and Nicolaes Berchem.