Pieter van der Hulst

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Pieter van der Hulst (February 26, 1651, Dordrecht – February 14, 1727, Dordrecht), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


According to Houbraken he travelled to Rome in 1674 where he received the nickname "Zonnebloem" (sunflower) for his preference for a "wilder sort of flower" than Jan Davidsz de Heem or Daniel Seghers.[1] He decorated his flower paintings with wild herbs, snakes, toads, salamanders, and that sort of thing.[1] Later he tried his hand at painting portraits, but these were nowhere near as popular as his earlier work.[1]

According to the RKD he was a pupil of Willem Doudijns in 1668 and travelled to Rome from 1674–1677, where he concentrated on painting flowers and received the bentname "Zonnebloem".[2] He is registered in the Hague from 1681–1683, where he became a member of the Confrerie Pictura.[2] From 1691-1699 he was in Denmark, and then he returned to Dordrecht.[2]


  1. ^ a b c (Dutch) Pieter vander Hulst Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b c Pieter van der Hulst (IV) in the RKD