Eglon van der Neer

The Reader

c. 1665
Oil on canvas, 38.1 x 27.9 cm.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Elgon van der Neer, The Reader

Eglon VAN DER NEER
Born 1634, Amsterdam - Died 1703, Düsseldorf

Eglon van der Neer was the son of Aert van der Neer, the Dutch landscapist active in Amsterdam. Eglon painted landscapes as well as history pictures, portraits, and genre scenes, was more peripatetic and had greater financial success than his father. At the beginning of his career Eglon traveled in France where he worked for the Dutch governor of Orange. He returned to Amsterdam by 1659. From 1664 until 1679, Rotterdam was his base. Thereafter he spent a decade in Brussels. He was appointed court painter of Charles II of Spain in 1687; however, he apparently never made the trip to the king's court. In 1690 he accepted the post of court painter to the Elector Palatine, Johann Willhelm in Düsseldorf. Adriaen der Werff, Eglon's pupil, made contact with the Elector Palatine in 1696 and quickly became his favourite. However, Eglon continued to hold his position until his death in 1703.