Anthony van Dyck

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    Anthony van Dyck- Flemish painter of 17th century

    Anthony van Dyck was one of the most established painters of the 17th century. He studied the work of Italian artists and influenced many Italian artists too. Van Dyck was an extremely successful painter who painted a lot of artworks in his whole artistic career. He was a painter and a successful portraitist who made many religious and mythological pictures and was remembered as one of the elegant artists of history.

     Earlier days of Anthony van Dyck-

    Van Dyck was based and spent his childhood in Antwerp on March 22, 1599. His father's name was Frans van Dyck who worked as a silk merchant, and his mother also worked as a silk embroiderer; he was the seventh of twelve children. At the age of 10, he met with Hendrik van Balen, known as a famous painter, and soon got influenced by Rubens.

     Carrier of Anthony van Dyck-

    He had his first independent work between 1615 -1616 when he was only a 17 years old boy. He had dreams of becoming a painter from childhood. He belonged to an average class family and had many brothers & sisters and an average childhood like the other child. He painted a Portrait of Man in the year 1613 in his initial days.

      In the first eight years of his career, he followed the style of Ruben, as his theatrical style had a significant impact on him. But he didn't copy his overall style; instead, he used his mind and painted a rather coarse texture. He followed a darker color scale with a warmer look in most of his paintings. He had a great knowledge of light and shade and proportioned the figures in enhanced and exaggerated the paintings with great fantasy. He worked on many projects individually and also by collaborating with other painters. In the earlier days, he painted Belgian patricians, and their wives received much appreciation from the people. 

     Most of the earlier portraits of Van Dyck were based on neutral backgrounds but influenced by Ruben's. He gave more focus to the detailing of costume and décor. All the portraits of Van Dyck are considered calm and dignified, making him a precious gem in the history of art. 

     As a teenager, his work and creativity gained a lot of attention in public. When he was 18 years old, he acted as a representative from the side of his family in a lawsuit. As per the reports, he stayed with Rubens and learned many things from his paintings.  

     Deamnd of Anthony van Dyck-

     In March 1620, Rubens hired him as an assistant or as a collaborator by considering his work, and this relationship stayed last long. Later he worked for James-I of England, but soon he left for Italy and stayed there for 1627.

     He became one of the best-known artists from Flandres that was currently known as Belgium. He was best known for his artistic style that you can now view in the leading art galleries. Besides that, some people have also known him as the brilliant Colorists of history.

     He was sent to join the Antwerp painters in 1618, where he spent his next two years as a workshop member. He was recognized as a colorist for his amazing knowledge and talent from a very young age. He had a great demand in 1620-1627 and slowly improved himself by developing a mature style. 

     He completed each artwork in an elegant and dignified manner. He created some idealized figures like ladies in black gowns, men on prancing horses, Portrait of a Woman and Child, Lord John Stuart and his Brother, Lord Bernard Stuart, Charity, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I, and Lady Elizabeth Thimbelby and her Sister. He was an artist who had an idea of how to make pictures expressive. 

     Later he was also influenced by the Paolo Veronese, Venetian painters, Titian and Giovanni Bellini. He portrayed some more pictures that had great demand at that time, and those are the smooth blues of silk, shimmering whites of satin, or the rich crimsons of velvet. He also painted the English aristocracy, but his style became lighter and more luminous at that time. He adds sparkling highlights with gold and silver to enhance and make the picture attractive. He had a keen interest in mythological and religious subjects, and each painting was created by understanding the color of richness.

     Last years & legacy:

    In the year 1632, he went to England, where he became very successful. King Charles appoints him as a "principal Paynter in ordinary of their Majesties." He gave him some gold and hired him as an annual salary of £200 sterling, but in 1634, he went back. 

     He expressed his feelings through his pen. In his last years, he portrayed the count of Nassau-Siegen that was famous and considered one of his best works. In 1639 he married Mary Ruthven, and after that, he became the father of a daughter. 

     He enjoyed his life luxuriously, and at the end of 1641, he returned to London and died due to sickness. He got buried at St. Paul's. 

    Van Dyck's studio was considered the beauty shop because he had a collection of artworks. 

    He was one of the most handsome and ambitious men. He completed many legendry works, which counted him as an influential artist in the 17th century. Many of the Flemish younger painters learn from him. He had enduring fame and gained high fame and money in his overall artistic career. His last year's works are more admired as compare to his initial work.  

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