According to the RKD he was a pupil of Pieter de Molijn and became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1632. He married in 1638 and is mentioned in archives as a merchant in 1675 and 1676. He is known for landscapes in the manner of Jan van Goyen.
He was listed as coming from Utrecht and being a pupil of Van Goyen, "whose works he imitated so closely that they passed for the originals", in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Coelenbier, Jan". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
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