James Stern was born in Antwerp, the son of Nicholas and the son of a small police officer in the city of Elizabeth. According to early Flemish biographer Karel Mander, stern first learn painting from the scenic Matthys cock later from Christian van den Queborn, both in Antwerp. There is no written information, which confirms these apprentices.
With severe training, the only written evidence he registered in 1539 was the name Iaques Grimmaer under the liggeren St. Luke's Guild of Gabriel Bouwens in Antwerp. So, not sure, is actually a serious cock Matthys and Christian van den Queborn students. A serious St. Luke's Association of Antwerp in 1547.
The grim marriage Lucia van der Wouwer April 1548 out of four children in the marriage of Abel became an important landscape painter and architecture. There is some disagreement among historians about whether or not to go to Italy for the contemporary art of many of his artists. He bought a house in downtown Antwerp, where he set up his own studio. He was known to paint around the area around Antwerp.
As early as 1550 Jacob is severe by Italy famous art historians praised Vasari as one of the best landscape painter of his time. Karel Mander described the grim as "such an outstanding landscape painter, in some ways, I do not know better, so lively and lovely is his sky. "Not only did he not only get the same era of art, but also the artists of the next century. Both Peter Sterman and his famous student, Rembrandt, had a grim landscape. 1656 Rembrandt's inventory includes Jacob's grim winter landscape.
Jacob grim is an active member of the local chamber of rhetoric Violieren author where he celebrated as a poet and comic works.  he may die before 1590 Antwerp.
Jacob is the main landscape and severe winter scenes of a painter, although he also painted some religious themed works, such as the tower of Babel and the school work. He often returns to the theme of four seasons and twelve months.
His earliest date of work dates back to 1546 and his latest date of work in 1589, as he was reporting that Karel Mander's work directly from nature is well known.
His production is large, he is in a large workshop, the production of small panels based on the standardization of the production process. His son Abel further streamline this large-scale production process.
The significance of his work
Jacob is often regarded as an imitator of artistic innovation Peter Brugel Bruegel and the elders who rebuild small at low prices to provide the market. Severe landscape painting at the same time constitutes a further development of landscape schools. Serious out of so-called "early Flemish tradition world landscape started in 1981" Joachim Patinir. The term world landscape art historical literature for landscape composition, which shows a fictional panoramic mountain and lowland landscape, water, and enhance the building from point of view, usually including the Bible or historical stories of small scale, but this figure includes narrative elements by their environment to shame.
In his earliest landscape painting in the river view toward the village a tree covered Hill (1573 Hamburg Gallery), and in the series of paintings four (1577 Art Museum (Budapest) is a severe Jacob depict real preference flat landscape and Flemish villages and farmhouses and rural residents.  in small numbers of these scenes along the rolling hills in the middle of the panel to the horizon of recession graduate regional settings.  these figures and anecdotes of small scenes in a natural way. The grim abandonment of a generation of artificial landscapes of the world, instead of simplicity and authenticity has never been seen before.
His landscape develops from the foreground to the horizon. His works are divided into homogeneous regions of color. He chose a more realistic color than the landscape in his predecessor's world. He in order to form a unified to be used to build a good, atmospheric value. He had his own representative tree, which was thin and raised against the background of a leaf and a separate set of alternate leaves of each crown.
The ability to work hard, it is able to provide a simple and sincere point of view of everyday life.  in this concern for rural life serious works show high landscape landscape of small parallel to master this is the first published around 1560 marks a move from the world landscape and religious scenes of real life in rural areas to participate in. Unlike Peter Brueghel who has a grim view of the elders of the peasants, the grim convening of the peasant life is more optimistic than the views of his fellow painters. Severe tend to emphasize the rural life of the light, the funny side of a winter scenery in a village he saw, in the foreground on the frozen river player, and Hunter (Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum), which indicates that the fall in who, and reveals her bare buttocks ice skating.
Although the development of his style is still somewhat clear, the anecdotal details of his later works have been significantly reduced, replaced by an intimate view of the landscape. These latter projects are expected to be a new generation of forest landscape types, such as making popular David Vinckboons and the artist of the Tulsa school.
Jacob's existing images show a clear connection around the Antwerp area. Some of his views Antwerp adhere to the "town and country" format, a combination of urban landscape rural view. An example is the panoramic view of his Kiel (1578 Royal Art Museum of Antwerp city) only appeared in the right side of the distance. Another example is in the vicinity of the Scheldt view on Antwerp (1587, Antwerp Art Museum), depicting the national pastime is a bit different. Only in the distant horizon is the visible high-rise in Antwerp.
Hard work is for the next generation of Flemish landscape painter's influence, including his son Abe and Gillis van Coninxloo, Jan Bruegel and Jan Wildens YOUNGOR.