UDEN, Lucas van
(b. 1595, Antwerpen, d. 1672, Antwerpen)

Biography

Flemish landscape painter and engraver, active mainly in his native Antwerp. He was the son of the town painter of Antwerp. In about 1627 he joined Antwerp's Guild of Saint Luke as a "master's son." Though he traveled along the Rhine from 1644 to 1646 he spent most of his career in Antwerp.

Although there is no firm evidence for the tradition that he worked in Rubens's studio and painted landscape backgrounds for him, he was certainly strongly influenced by the master. His pictures are often large and have something of Rubens's sweep and richness. He copied numerous Rubens compositions and introduced Rubensian elements into his own landscapes. The figures were often added by other artists. Watercolours and etchings, for which Van Uden is most admired, display his refined sense of light and mood.