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Dieric Bouts the Elder

Dieric Bouts the Elder
Life Dates
Northern Renaissance

Dieric Bouts the Elder Biography

Born and trained in Haarlem, Dieric Bouts the Elder (also: Dirk, Dierick) spent most of his life in Leuven working for Flemish aristocrats. Little is known about his training and work. Even if not actually a pupil of Rogier himself, Bouts was profoundly affected by his work. He continued and developed Rogier’s style to an almost radical degree: his preference of vertical compositions, of types instead of individual, exquisite, thoroughly detailed garments, which conceal the body, looks like a return to the Gothic. Whether Bouts was the founder of this ‘gothic revival’, a characteristic of Netherlandish Northern Renaissance, or whether the painter was simply part of the more general trend sweeping over Europe after the middle of the century, is hard to decide.

Dieric Bouts the Elder 11 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Dieric Bouts the Elder Bibliography

Thierry Bouts. By V. Deni. Bruxelles. 1957.

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Dirk Bouts (ca. 1410-1475). Een Vlaams primitief te Leuven. by Dieric Bouts. Peeters, 1998.

Bouts Studies: Proceedings of the International Colloquium, Leuven, 26-28 November 1998 by Bert Cardon. Peeters Bvba, 2001.