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Karel Dujardin
'Karel Dujardin selfportrait 1662.
Birth name Karel Dujardin
Born 1626
Died 1678 (aged 51–52)
Nationality Netherlands
Field Painting
Movement Baroque

Karel Dujardin (September 27, 1626 – November 20, 1678) was a Dutch animal and landscape painter.



Karel Dujardins, commedia dell'arte show, dated 1657 (Louvre)

He was born in Amsterdam. After training with Nicolaes Berchem, he went to Italy when young, and became a member of the Society of Painters or Bentvueghels in Rome, among whom, he was known as 'Barba di Becco' or Bokkebaart.[1] In Rome, he was quite successful.

According to Houbraken, while in Lyons, he contracted considerable debts, and to free himself from which, he married his (older) landlady. He went with her to Amsterdam, where his pictures were valued very highly. He returned to Rome in 1675, on an invitation from his friend Joan Renst to accompany him on a Grand Tour, where he was welcomed by his old friends and admirers. After a visit to other Italian cities, Renst went back to Amsterdam, but Dujardin gave him a message for his wife that he would follow soon, and travelled on to Venice, where he died unexpectedly in 1678. According to Reynst, he had told him; "why should I be in a hurry to go back? I am where I want to be".

Most of his paintings are cabinet paintings of Italianate landscapes and or with farm animals and peasants. His landscapes have spirit and harmony, his figures expression, and his colour the brilliancy which distinguishes his school. His paintings are rare and command a high price. He also published fifty-two etchings of similar subjects, with great spirit and ease.

He painted a single, fine, portrait (probably a self-portrait), and a pair of Baroque religious paintings on the life of St Paul, probably commissioned, as they lie well outside his normal style. One of these, and the portrait, are in the National Gallery, London.

Dujardin's work


  1. ^ (Dutch) Karel de Jardyn biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature

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