The biography of Jan Jansz Wijnants (1630 - 1684)
Jan Jansz Wijnants (Wynants) (1630 - 1684), was a Dutch landscape painter of the Baroque era, active first in Haarlem, then from 1660 in Amsterdam, where he also kept an inn, but was still always in debt.
Born 1630 in Haarlem, he was the son of an art dealer also named Jan Wijnants. After his mother’s death, his father remarried Maria Jans van Stralen, widow of Jasper Jaspersz van Heemskerck and mother of the painter Egbert Jaspersz van Heemskerck, making Wijnant and Van Heemskerck stepbrothers.
Wijnants is primarily known for his landscapes and paintings featuring topography. He specialized in landscapes with dunes and sandy roads, inspired by the countryside around Haarlem, unpretentious, naturalistic views that were favourites with collectors in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The little figures in his paintings are the work of others, often of his pupil Adriaen van de Velde. He is represented in many European galleries. Adriaen van de Velde was his pupil and Thomas Gainsborough was among the artists he influenced.
Wijnants died 23 January 1684, Amsterdam.