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Jan van Eyck

Maaseik circa 1390/1399 - Brugge 1441

Jan van Eyck worked at various royal courts, and was, for example, court painter to Philip the Good of Burgundy. It is suggested that Jan van Eyck discovered oil paint, however this technique was known earlier, but he perfected the technique of working with oil paint. He became famous for his technical skills. He used very clear oil to make the paint and applied the colours in different, almost transparent layers. In this way he achieved intense colours and could work in great detail. There are around thirty works known by Van Eyck.

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