Rotterdam 1609 - Utrecht 1685


Herman Saftleven was the younger brother of Cornelis Saftleven and studied with him, probably under their father, in Rotterdam. Although the two brothers briefly worked together in the 1630s, the younger Saftleven made his career in Utrecht, where he settled in 1639, becoming a citizen of the city twenty years later. Active mainly as a landscape painter, Saftleven painted a variety of Italianate landscapes, Rhineland scenes and imaginary river views, as well as wooded and mountain vistas and farmhouse genre scenes. A prolific artist, Herman Saftleven produced around three hundred paintings and some 1,200 drawings, mostly finished landscapes, as well as around forty etchings. Many of his drawings are finished, large-scale works produced for collectors, and significant groups of drawings by the artist are today in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, the British Museum in London, the Albertina in Vienna, and elsewhere.