Cornelis Pietersz Bega

Cornelis Pietersz Bega (1631 – 27 August 1664)

Cornelis Pietersz Bega (1631 – 27 August 1664)

Style: Realist

Background: Bega was born in 1631 in Haarlem, The Netherlands. He was a Dutch Golden Age  painter and engraver. His mother Maria was the illegitimate daughter of the Haarlem painter Cornelis van Haarlem. He assumed the name Bega when he started working professionally.

Education: He was a student of Adrien van Ostade, and produced genre scenes of similar subjects, typically groups of a few peasant figures, often in interior settings, or fanciful figures such as The Alchemist (Malibu) orThe Astrologer (London).

Achievements: From 1653 to 1654 he traveled by horse and boat on a Grand Tour  through Germany, Switzerland and France.  This trip was recorded in Vincent van der Vinne’s diaries and gives an accurate view of the art in the cities they visited in those times. His dated works begin in 1652, and in 1654 he was accepted into the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke, dying only ten years later, which according to Houbraken was due to the plague. He was close friends with the Haarlem painter Leendert van der Cooghen. When he died he was buried in the grave of his grandfather Cornelis van Haarlem.

Famous Works: 

Cornelis Bega - Alchemist

Cornelis Bega – Alchemist

Cornelis Bega - An Amorous Couple In A Tavern

Cornelis Bega – An Amorous Couple In A Tavern

Cornelis Bega - Tavern

Cornelis Bega – Tavern

Cornelis Bega - The Lute Player

Cornelis Bega – The Lute Player

Cornelis Bega - Woman Playing a Lute

Cornelis Bega – Woman Playing a Lute