Jan Jansz. Treck

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Still Life with drinking glass, wanli porselain, pewter jug, olives and napkin 1645, Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest)
Painting by Jan Trek.

Jan Jansz. Treck (1606, Amsterdam, 25 September 1652 [1]) was a still-life painter during the Dutch Golden Age.[2] Treck used economy in the number of his objects.[3]


In 1623 [4] Treck was trained for half a year by Jan den Uyl, who had married his sister Geertruid in 1619.[5] His style also shows influence by Pieter Claesz and Willem Heda.[6] In 1643 and 1644 Treck was trained by Abraham Jansz for 4 guilders a week, but forgot to pay for his apprenticeship. He also had to pay for a window that was made to get more light, while working.[7]

His earliest known signed and dated work is from 1641, after the death of Den Uyl. A work has surfaced with both signatures, implying that Treck perhaps finished Den Uyl's paintings after his death. Treck also had helped his brother-in-law to sell his house (on Singel) in 1639. After the death of his friend Abraham, Treck bought his equipment, paint and easel. In 1640 he supplied the art dealer Hendrick Uylenburgh with money.

After Treck's death his brother, sister and his niece and nephews inherited a small house in an alley from Singel to Spuistraat, furniture, clothes, stocks, coins, jewelry, prints and paintings.[8] In 1661 Simon Luttichuys was asked to repaint a vanitas done by Treck.[9]

Treck influenced Pieter van Anraedt and Willem Kalf.[6]


  1. ^ DTB Stadsarchief
  2. ^ The Dutch painters: 100 seventeenth century masters by Christopher Wright, p.104
  3. ^ The language of painting (1949)
  4. ^ Ingvar Bergström, Arthur K. Wheelock (1989) Still lifes of the golden age: northern European paintings from the Heinz family collection. National Gallery of Art (U.S.), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  5. ^ Abraham Bredius: Künstler-Inventare. (1919), S. 2086. (Band 6).
  6. ^ a b Jan Treck in the RKD
  7. ^ Abraham Bredius: Künstler-Inventare. (1919), S. 2093. (Band 6); 13 febr. 1653 NA 2436-963 not. J. Molengraeff
  8. ^ Abraham Bredius: Künstler-Inventare. (1919), S. 2086-2087. (Band 6).
  9. ^ L. Helmus (1991) Jan Davidsz de Heem en zijn kring, p. 219; 8 sept. 1661 NA 1762-550 not. J.Q. Spithoff