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Hercules Pietersz. Segers

Dutch, (ca. 1589–ca. 1638)
Segers was a Dutch landscape painter and printmaker whose biography is not easy to reconstruct given the scant amount of available information. Only eleven works by the artist have survived and none are dated which has made the chronology of his work difficult to establish. Son of Pieters Segers, a textile dealer from Haarlem, Hercules Segers was brought up in the Mennonite religion. His date of birth has been deduced from a series of documents. It is known that following the Spanish occupation in 1596, the family fled from Haarlem for religious reasons and moved to Amsterdam. In 1606 the artist was in the studio of the painter Gills van Coninxloo, through whom he became familiar with the work of the landscape painters Joos de Momper, Paul Bril and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

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