Philips Wouwerman was a Dutch genre painter, featured mainly hunting, landscape and battle scenes.
Wouwerman was born in Haarlem, where he was baptized on May 24, 1619.
He studied painting under Hals, Wijnants, and Verbeeck, married in 1638, and after a brief residence in Hamburg returned to live in Haarlem, where in 1640 he joined the painters' guild.
Wouwerman was a prolific painter to whom about a thousand pictures have been ascribed. His interest was centered in outdoor hunting, military, and social scenes, which are usually set in a panoramic landscape.
The white horse which Wouwerman included in almost every composition became in a sense a signature of his work. The enormous popularity that he enjoyed in his own time was due to the appealing quality of his style: silvery-gray and pale color tones, with frequently brilliant and delicate draftsmanship.
In 1638 he married Anna Pietersz and moved to Hamburg, but soon afer that returned to live in Haarlem.