A Man Pushing Out a Boat

Pieter BARBIERS (Amsterdam, 1717 - Amsterdam, 1780)

Biography



Although as a child he received drawing lessons from his father Anthonie, Pieter Antonisz. Barbiers was largely a self-taught artist. He began his career decorating ladies’s fans and designing wallpaper, and eventually made a specialty of large decorative paintings, tapestry designs, and drawings for stage decorations; the latter found him working for theatres in Amsterdam, The Hague, Leiden and Rotterdam. His sons Bartholomeus Barbiers (1740-1808) and Pieter Barbiers II (1749-1842) were also artists, and received their training from him.

Drawings by Barbiers are in the Rijksprentenkabinets in both Amsterdam and Leiden, the Gemeenterachief in Haarlem, and elsewhere.