Godfried Schalcken (1643-1706) | Genre painter


Godfried Schalcken or Gottfried Schalken was a Dutch🎨 genre and portrait painter.
He was noted for his mastery in reproducing the effect of candlelight, and painted in the exquisite and highly polished manner of the Leiden fijnschilders.
  • Life and work
Godfried Schalcken was born in Made, North Brabant, the son of Cornelis Schalcken and Aletta Lydius.


Before he was four years old, his family moved to Dordrecht, where his father became rector of the Latin school.
Schalcke studied under Samuel van Hoogstraten in Dordrecht before he moved to Leiden, into the studio of Gerard Dou (1613-1675)🎨, one of Rembrandt's most famous pupils.
His earlier genre pictures very closely resemble Dou's work.
He worked in Leiden until c. 1675, then returning to Dordrecht until 1691, after which he settled in The Hague, where he continued to paint until his death, near age 63, in 1706.
He also visited England (1692-1697), but his uncouth manners and bad temper alienated him from the society there.
In 1703 he was employed by Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine in Düsseldorf.
He died in The Hague.


  • Work
Schalcken painted several portraits, of which the half-length of William III of England, now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, is a good example.
Like Dou, Schalcken specialised in small scenes lit by candlelight, a technique that found favour with the fijnschilders. Examples are in Buckingham Palace, the Louvre, Vienna and Dresden.
His painting, Lady, Come into the Garden (Buckingham Palace), was singled out by his pupil Arnold Houbraken as representative of his oeuvre.
Other good examples are Old Woman Scouring a Pan and Soldier Giving Money to a Woman (London, National Gallery), Ceres Seeking Proserpine and Old Man Writing (Louvre), Woman (National Museum of Serbia), Girl Blowing Out Taper (Munich), Girl Reading Letter (Dresden Gallery), The Boy Angling (Berlin); and Toilet by Candle (The Hague).
The Buckingham Palace collection also possesses an interior by Schalcken.
His history paintings are less-well known.
His pupils were Arnold Boonen, Godefridus Callenfels, Simon Germain, Carel de Moor, Richard Morris, Arent Pijl, his cousin Jacob Schalcken, his sister Maria Schalcken, and Anthony Vreem. | © Wikipedia











Godfried Schalcken o Schalken (Made, 1643 - L'Aia, 16 novembre 1706) è stato un pittore Olandese🎨.
I quadri di Schalcken sono caratterizzati dai giochi di luce: era solito dipingere soggetti in ambienti scuri illuminati da candele.
Studiò pittura sotto la guida di van Hoogstraten a Dordrecht ed in seguito con Gerrit Dou🎨 a Leida.
I suoi primi dipinti di genere somigliano a quelli di questo maestro.
Lavorò a Leida fino al 1675 ca. e ritornò a Dordrecht fino al 1691, quando si stabilì a L'Aia.
Visitò l'Inghilterra (1692-1697) e nel 1703 entrò al servizio dell'elettore palatino Giovanni Guglielmo, della casa dei Wittelsbach-Zweibrücken a Düsseldorf.
Schalcken dipinse diversi ritratti, tra cui quello a mezzo busto di Guglielmo III d'Inghilterra, ora al Rijksmuseum, è un buon esempio.
In quest'opera mostra un effetto di luce di candela che usò frequentemente con ottima efficacia in molti dei suoi dipinti. I suoi quadri possono essere ammirati alle collezioni di Buckingham Palace, del Louvre, a Vienna e a Dresda.



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