ODEKERKEN, Willem van
(b. ca. 1610, Nijmegen, d. 1677, Delft)

Biography

Dutch painter. He is recorded as a pupil in the records of the Hague painters' guild around 1631. In 1643 he enrolled in the Delft Guild of St. Luke and married Maria Sasbouts van der Dussen. He was one of the most important Delft decorative painters, receiving municipal and private commissions for public buildings and houses. Additionally he is recorded as a painter of genre scenes, still-lifes and church interiors. Today only a handful of his works remain, among them a small number of kitchen interiors of fairly large size showing figures of maids influenced by Flemish market and kitchen pieces and a pair showing a shepherd and shepherdess.