a Flemish Baroque painter and engraver of principally battle scenes in the manner of Pieter Snayers as well as of landscape paintings and still lifes. Some thirty paintings by Robert van den Hoecke are conserved in public museums of which only two are dated – a Winter Landscape in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (1649) and a Military Camp in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dunkerque. The majority of his works consists of battle scenes painted on small canvases, often set at night and including a great many figures. As controller of the fortifications of Flanders, he painted many views of camps, battles, and cities. He is also known for (winter) landscapes and still lives. The Musée Municipal Bergues holds a religious painting representing St Matthias.
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