CRAESBEECK Josse van (b. ca. 1605, Neerlinter, d. ca. 1661, Bruxelles) Nationality : Flemish
Flemish painter, pupil of Adriaen Brouwer. Working as a prison baker may have led directly to Josse van Craesbeeck's painting career. In 1633, Adriaen Brouwer, a prominent genre painter, was imprisoned for tax debts at the Antwerp jail where his future pupil baked bread. Craesbeeck soon enrolled as both a baker and a painter in the Guild of Saint Luke. Eighteen years later he had moved to Brussels, where he was a master in the painter's guild and later became a town representative.