Govert Flinck (Biographical details)

Govert Flinck (painter/draughtsman; Dutch; Male; 1615 - 1660)

Also known as

Flinck, Govert; Flinck, Govaert


Amsterdam: Lauriergracht


Born in Kleef, Flinck studied initially with Lambert Jacobsz. in Leeuwaarden, Friesland. In the first half of the 1630s he went with his fellow-pupil Jacob Backer (q.v.) to study with Rembrandt in Amsterdam, where he remained. He collaborated with Rembrandt until around 1636. From 1642 his style depended on Batholomeus van der Helst and on Flemish models, in particular Van Dyck, and he gained popularity as a portrait and history painter. His success in painting militia pieces revealed his capacity for work on a large scale, and in the 1650s he received the largest share of the commissions for the decoration of the new Town Hall (now Royal Palace) in Amsterdam. His early death prevented him from completing the compositions he had devised for this project.


J.W. von Moltke, 'Govaert Flinck 1615-1660', Amsterdam, 1965.
P. Schatborn, 'The early, Rembrandtesque Drawings of Govert Flinck', in Master Drawings 48 (2010), pp.5-38.