Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lambert Doomer

Lambert Doomer was a Dutch drawer and painter from Amsterdam, who lived from 1624-1700 during the Baroque era and the Golden Age of Dutch Art. The Baroque period is characterized by ornate and decorative works, although this description does not seem to fit Doomer's simple yet precise drawings. The Golden Age of Dutch Art occurred during the 17th century, when the Dutch demanded paintings and other pieces of art. There was a great deal of competition among artists, and people in the Netherlands bought and sold art and hung it in their homes.

Doomer's drawings are mainly topographical landscapes and document his travels with fellow artist Willem Schellinks through the Netherlands, along the Rhine, throughout France, and to Bingen, Germany. He worked for his father, who was a cabinet and frame maker. Doomer was a draftsman by trade, and he was taught and influenced by Rembrandt, who was a customer of Doomer's father. He copied many of Rembrandt's drawings while learning from him.

Doomer's "Bridge Across the Loire at Amboise" uses pen and brown wash, and brown and grey wash with brush.

Doomer, Lambert. Bridge Across the Loire at Amboise. 1640s. Collection of Dionis Muilman, Amsterdam. The State Hermitage Museum. State Hermitage Museum, 2003. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. .

"Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat, a Camel Train outside a City in the Foreground" uses pen and brown ink, and brown, yellow, and gray washes.

Doomer, Lambert. Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat, a Camel Train outside a City in the
. 1678-1679. Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada. AGO Art Gallery of Ontario. Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001. Web. 22 Feb. 2011.

"The garden of the hermitage in Nantes" is a French scene, which Doomer began on a trip to visit his brothers and later finished. The cross, which can be seen above the house, was along the road to the city of Nantes, and Loire, another city, is show in the distance on the right. Doomer used black chalk, pen with brown ink, and watercolor for this drawing.

Doomer, Lambert. The Garden of The Hermitage in Nantes. 1646. Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam. OpReisGids.nl. OpReisGids, 29 Nov. 2006. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. .

Many of Doomer's surviving drawings are reproductions of the originals, which he copied onto account-book paper from 1671-1673. I chose Lambert Doomer's artwork because his drawings are fairly simple (which, but they have a good sense of perspective and proportions. I assume this comes from his training by his father, his work as a draftsman, and by Rembrandt. I also admire his work because he used pen, so if he made a mistake, he couldn't correct it. He obviously had a lot of experience working with pen, especially because his job required it.

"A Brief Overview of the Dutch Art Market in the 17th Century." Essential Vermeer. Jonathan Janson, 2001. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. .

"Lambert Doomer (1624 - 1700) Artwork Images, Exhibitions, Reviews." Contemporary Art - World Wide Arts Resources - Absolutearts.com. World Wide Arts Resources Corporation, 18 Mar. 2010. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. .

"Lambert Doomer (Getty Museum)." The Getty. J. Paul Getty Trust. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. .

Schapelhouman, Marijn, and Peter Schatborn. Land & Water, Dutch Drawings from the 17th Century. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Waanders, 1987. 60-62. Print.

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