Meindert Hobbema Biography | Oil Paintings

10-31-1638 Amsterdam, NED – 12-14-1709 Amsterdam, NED

Hobbema, Meindert

Originally named Meindert Lubbertszoon, Meindert Hobbema changed his name and studied under Jacob van Ruysdael in his native city. They were close friends and often painted the same subjects; as Hobbema lacked his master's genius in raising the dramatic temperature in his landscapes, Hobbema languished in his shadow. This must also have been the attitude of the picture-buying public at the time, for eventually Hobbema was obliged to forsake painting and work as an exciseman, and arduous occupation that left him little time or inclination for art.

After a bitter war with Spain, the seven United Provinces of the Low Countries gained independence. One of these was Holland, a republic ruled by Stadtholders (governors) of the House of Orange, though they had a great deal of local autonomy, suddenly found themselves a major European power. In the space of a few decades, this small population, living in the flat landscape crisscrossed with canals and dotted with windmills, emerged from anonymity to become the envy of the entire continent. Proud of their new achievements, painters went off in search of subjects to paint in their homeland.

While it is true that many of his paintings are not particularly distinguished, Meindert Hobbema at his best could be sublime and in recent times his painting has been the subject of considerable re-appraisal. It is generally recognized that Meindert Hobbema greatest achievement was The Avenue at Middelharnis, deceptively simple, yet a painting of immense subtlety and complex detail. Specializing in landscapes, he exerted a strong influence on the genre, at least until the end of the nineteenth century.

He died in Amsterdam ending his days in poverty and obscurity, his last lodging being in the Roosgraft, the street in which Rembrandt had died, just as poor, forty years before.

In the mid-1800s the best of his works were not valued at more than $30.00 (equal to $1300 today), and often the signatures were effaced from them, Ruisdael or Decker was substituted. Now, his canvases are highly valued and a work which before went begging, fetch thousand times as much. Meindert Hobbema's art is hanging in major museums around the world.

Art Movement: Dutch Golden Age.
Artists Influencing Meindert Hobbema: Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael and Salomon van Ruysdael.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.

Meindert Hobbema Hand-Painted Oil Painting Reproductions.

Meindert Hobbema Museum Art Replicas on Canvas.

The World's Artists Most Popular Products and Services

You can do a deep search for an oil painting by specific artists, colors, or subject matter . You can also check the art movements page to find the painter linked to a particular art movement. If you do not see your favorite artist or an oil painting, request it in our made-to-order, custom-made oil painting section or contact us . You can choose an oil painting reproduction to see it in your home or office surroundings and find out how to do it in our wall art mock-up photo . We also provide additional resources about art canvas sizes and oil painting care .

In our studio and on our artists pages, you will learn about the painting process and how we paint the oil painting reproductions. The same procedures pictured are used for painting: pet portraits , portrait oil paintings from your photographs , and oil paintings of your home . We uncovered some of the exact locations where famous oil paintings were painted. See the side-by-side comparisons in Then and Now, plus Tilt-Shift painting photos . On top of that, some of the famous painters' oil paintings were made into interesting tilt-shift photos.