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Abraham van Beyeren
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Born in The Hague, Abraham van Beyeren, the oldest son of a glassmaker, seems to have resided in his native city, except for a brief sojourn in Leiden, until about 1657. At that time he moved to Delfl and thereafter moved repeatedly, returning to The Hague by 1663, living in Amsterdam from 1669 to 1674, in Alkmaar from 1674 to 1678, then in Gouda, and finally in Overschie from 1678 until his death in 1690. Van Beyeren was one of the founding members of the Confreria PictuM organized in The Hague in 1656 to replace the unsuccessful local chapter of the artists' guild, to which he had belonged since 1640. He also joined the painters' guild in DelR in 1657. Married in 1639, Van Beyeren remarried in 1647 after the death of his first wife. His second marriage was to the daughter of the portrait painter Crispiaen van der Quebon. His early works were still life paintings of fish. This concentration led to the belief that he was influenced by the painter of fish still lifes, Pieter de Putter, who specialized in the same subject matter and who was the husband of Van Beyeren's second wife's aunt. Important stylistic influences certainly come from works of Jan Davidsz. de Heem and Jacques de Claeuw. Not confining himself exclusively to any one subject, Van Beyeren created a variety of subject matter, perhaps always searching for a broader clientele. Although he painted seascapes, fish still lifes, and flower pieces, Van Beyeren is best known for his pronk (banquet) still lifes and is deservedly considered one of the most talented Dutch still life painters of the second half of the seventeenth century.