It was from his first master Roelant Savery, who had visited the Tyrol and depicted its rugged, mountainous scenery, that Allaer van Everdingen acquired his taste for wild, deserted landscapes. At the age of 18, after Savery’s death, he became a pupil of Pieter de Molyn, who focused instead on calm Dutch landscapes. As a result, his art is informed by two very different influences. He made a journey in the Scandinavian countries, where some important Dutch families owned factories, around 1640 and later worked in Copenhagen for Frederick IV of Denmark. He joined the Haarlem guild of painters in 1645 and moved to Amsterdam in 1652. He was also a prolific author of etchings.