Herri Met de Bles biography
Facts about Herri de Patinir or Herri Met de
Bles was a mysterious character in the Flemish art. He was
related to Joachim Patinir. Bles joined St Luke’s Guild at Antwerp
in 1535. Karel van Mander wrote much about him; he spent much time and
effort on his paintings. They were mostly small in size with tiny trees,
rocks, towns and people.
Bles adapted Leonardo da Vinci’s instructions to create depth
in landscape and, how distant objects disappear in light mist; eg St John
Bles, along with his uncle Joachim Patinir did many works in distinct
northern Renaissance style; landscapes combined with history or religious
subjects into well defined compositions with atmospheric effects. He continued
the tradition of fantastic imagery into Northern Mannerism. For this he
worked with a group of Bosch’s followers in Antwerp that included
Jan Mandyn, Pieter Huys and Jan Wellens de Cock. Not much information
is available about his life time and his end.