Willem Dalens (The Hague 1628 – Hamburg 1675) grew up in The Hague. His father Dick Dalens I and brother Jan Dalens were both landscape painters. Willem Dalens followed in his father's footsteps and started his career as a painter at the Sint Lucas Guild in Leiden, where he paid a registration fee in 1650. In 1657 he married Susanna Danckerts from Voorburg. From this marriage came their son Dick Dalens II who also became a landscape painter. Around 1660 they left for Amsterdam. Here he made cityscapes along riverbanks of cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht and Dordrecht.


This oil painting on panel is a typical 'Haerlempje.' In the background is the Bavokerk and at the bottom right is written 'Herelem' in old Dutch. The painting is monogrammed with WD 1670 on one of the wooden houses. This painting must be one of the last works he produced in Holland before he left for Hamburg.


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Willem Dalens "View of Haarlem"