Egbert van Drielst

Egbert van Drielst (christened Groningen, March 12, 1745 – Amsterdam, June 4, 1818) was a Dutch painter who influenced many Dutch landscape painters of the 19th century. Van Drielst is called the Drentse Hobbema.

Egbert van Drielst began his study of the painting in a factory in Groningen which produced mainly lacquered objects. He soon went to Haarlem, where he became an apprentice in the wallpaper factory of Jan Augustini. Van Drielst entered the wallpaper studio in Amsterdam where he established friendships with Adriaan de Lelie. He studied the old masters Salomon van Ruysdael, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Wijnants and in particular, Meindert Hobbema, and sought to make use of their techniques in his nature studies. In 1768 he became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in Amsterdam.

He often portrayed nature scenes of the Drenthe, in the north-east of the Netherlands. In 1790 he married a girl from Hoogeveen. He traveled there each year to produce drawings, and is sometimes called the “Drentse Hobbema”. His wallpaper, usually with the horizon on eye height, can be seen in Elswout, near Haarlem and in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe.

Van Drielst received his first drawing education at J.F. Francé in the paint factory of Steven Numan in Groningen. About 1761 Van Drielst, together with Numan’s son Hermanus, came to Haarlem and became a pupil of the wall painter Jan Augustini. In 1765 Van Drielst moved to Amsterdam. His first painting originated in 1776. He studied with Hendrik Meijer until 1768; After that he worked for the painting painter Jan Smeijers for two years. In the meantime Van Drielst was also a member of the Stadsteken Academy, a society that met in the city hall’s upper hall. Andreas Bonn gave the painters anatomy lessons. Van Van Drielst are known as some nude. He joined Felix Meritis in 1788. Between 1770 and 1810 Van Drielst painted about ten wallpaper ensembles, mostly for houses on the Amsterdam Keizersgracht. The wallpapers are only partially preserved and almost never in the original place. Egbert van Drielst also lived on Keizersgracht 592 and 418 and painted at the client so that he could take into account the lightening.

As one of the first Dutch artists, Van Drielst has inspired the woods and villages in the province of Drenthe. Van Drielst was actually a draftsman. His drawings of landscapes are popular collectibles. He traveled frequently through the Netherlands (regularly to Eext and Elswout, Haarlem), Belgium, England and Germany.
Van Drielst married in 1790 with Johanna Nauta in Hoogeveen. She was the widow of Coenraad Vuring. Her son Jan Vuuring van Drielst was educated by artist Van Drielst.

His most important wall paintings can be seen in Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis. The most striking is the horizon at eye level. In the Rijksmuseum, the farewell to Krayenhoff in Maarssen of General Daendels, which he painted in collaboration with Adriaan de Lelie in 1795.