Gerard Dou studied with Rembrandt between 1628 and 1631/2. When Rembrandt left Leiden in 1631/32, Dou stayed behind and continued to live and work there. He mainly painted small and very refined scenes from daily life. He was one of the founders of the Leiden school of painting. In his time, he was one of the best paid artists, and in later times too his work remained popular.
Leiden 1613 - Leiden 1675