About Richard Brakenburgh
Haarlem 1650 – 1702 Haarlem
Brakenburgh died the 28th of December 1702 and was buried in 1703 on January 3rd.
He was the 13rd child of a couple that had 14 children.
Painter of genre scenes and of portraits.
He worked in the capital of Friesland in the North of the Dutch Republic, in Leeuwarden, from 1670 until 1687.
The rest of his life he lived in his native Haarlem, from 1687, when he joined the local Painter’s Guild of Saint Luke, until his death in 1702.
According to Arnold Houbraken, the painter’s biographer in his “De Groote Schouburgh” of 1718 Brakenburgh was either a pupil of Hendrick Mommers (circa 1623 – 1693) or of Bernardus van Schijndel (1647 – 1709).
It is rather unlikely that Brakenburgh might have been a pupil of Mommers (for he is documented in Haarlem from 1647 until 1665, when he left for Amsterdam) or of van Schijndel (for both painters had approximately the same age).
According to Van Eijnden and Van der Willigen (1816) Brakenburgh was a pupil of Adriaen van Ostade (1610 – 1685) and of Hendrick Mommers (circa 1623 – 1693).
Though one sees some influence by van Ostade Brakenburgh’s genre scenes are clearly inspired by Jan Steen (1626 – 1679), who worked in Haarlem between 1661 and 1670 (he ended his career in his native Leiden). It is thought that our painter might have worked in his studio.
In Leeuwarden our painter was probably the master of the marine painter (and lawyer) Wigerus Vitringa (1657 – 1725) and certainly of the genre scene painter Gillis de Winter (circa 1650 – 1720), who was strongly influenced by him. He also influenced Bernardus van Schijndel (1647 – 1709) and Hendrick de Valck (1674 – in or after 1709).
According to Houbraken (1718) Brakenburgh was a successful painter and a light-hearted poet, who ended his life as an alcoholic. Weyerman (1729) also mentions that he ended his life in dipsomania.
Brakenburgh was an important member of “De Witte Angieren”, a chamber of rhetoric” in Haarlem, for which he is known to have written a New Year’s poem.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because it is the perfect match of Adriaen van Ostade and of Jan Steen, as it can be found within the artistic production of Richard Brakenburgh: the figures are lively, the colours are fresh and marvellous, the details stunning, the overall impression joyful.