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Dierick Bouts

Bouts, Dierick, Dirk, or Thierry (dēˈrĭk, dĭrk, tyĕˈrē bouts) [key], c.1420–1475, early Netherlandish painter, b. Haarlem, active in Louvain. Bouts was influenced by Roger van der Weyden, the van Eycks, and Petrus Christus. His elongated, often stiffly posed figures occupy landscapes that reveal a loving care for detail. His luminous panels have a calm beauty, particularly in the landscape backgrounds, where his sensitive treatment of changing color and light is demonstrated. The Last Supper altarpiece (St. Peter's, Louvain) is his major work. Two paintings of the Madonna and a portrait are in the Metropolitan Museum.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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