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 Bouts, Dirk

Bouts, Dirk (or Dieric) (d. 1475). Netherlandish painter, born probably in Haarlem and active mainly in Louvain, where he was city painter from 1468. His major commissions there were the Last Supper altarpiece for the church of S. Pierre (still in situ, 1464-67) and two panels (out of a projected set of four) on the Justice of Emperor Otto for the Hotel de Ville (Musees Royaux, Brussels, 1470-75).

Apart from these, there are no documented works, but his style is highly distinctive and a convincing oeuvre has been built up for him. His static figures are exaggeratedly slender and graceful, and often set in landscapes of exquisite beauty. There is little action, but deep poetry of feeling. Sources for his work have been sought in the mysterious Albert van Ouwater (who likewise seems to have had Harleem connections), Rogier van der Weyden, and Petrus Christus, but the individuality of Bouts' work transcends any model. His style was highly influential and was continued by his two sons, Dieric the Younger (c. 1448-90/91) and Aelbrecht (c. 1450/60-1549). Particularly popular were small devotional images of the Mater Dolorosa and Christ Crowned with Thorns.


436 x 600 39.5K
39.5K, 436 x 600

The Virgin and Child
Panel painting
Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts
Antwerp
The Fall of the Damned
Painted: 1450
Oil on wood
Musée des Beaux-Arts at Lille
France

372 x 600 43.3K
43.3K, 372 x 600

451 x 600 58.0K
58.0K, 451 x 600

The Way to Paradise
Painted: 1450
Oil on wood
Musée des Beaux-Arts at Lille
France