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Karel Dujardin

? Amsterdam c.1622-1678 Venice

Dujardin was possibly the son of a painter Guilliam Dugardin (b. 1597). Houbraken says be studied with Nicolaes Berchem. In the late 1640's be was probably in Rome where be remained for several years; but was back in Amsterdam by 1650, preparing to leave for Paris. He was again in Amsterdam in September 1652 and was still there in 1655. He was a member of La Pictura in The Hague between 1656 and 1658; but was back in Amsterdam by 1659 where he is last mentioned in November 1674. By 1675 he was again in Rome and died in Venice on 20 November 1678. From about 1650 Dujardin worked in a style inspired by Paulus Potter and Jan Asselijn and painted landscapes with animals and shepherds, generally on a small scale. After 1675 his style changed and he painted in a much broader technique. Apart from landscapes he also painted portraits, religious subjects and bambocciante scenes. There are a number of drawings known by him as well as about fifty engravings.

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