Aa, Dirk van der or Dirck
Dutch, 18th century, male.
Active also active in France.
Born 1731, in The Hague; died 1809.
Painter, decorative artist. Allegorical subjects.
Dirck van der Aa was originally a pupil of Johann Heinrich Keller, and later of Gerrit Mes. He had a remarkable gift for composition and execution and was a talented colourist and draughtsman - all the qualities required to be a fine decorative artist. Later in his career he worked in partnership with his former teacher Gerrit Mes. Decorative panels for carriages were very fashionable at the period and the two artists established a strong reputation in this field. One of van der Aa's most important pieces is a room he decorated in the house of Baron de Heeckeren in The Hague. He is also known for the decoration he executed for the arrival of William IV at The Hague on ...