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Rembrandt van Rijn
Abraham & Isaac

1645

$45,000

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Artist: Rembrandt Van Rijn (Dutch 1606-1669) Title: Abraham and Isaac Medium: Etching on Laid Paper (Second & Final State) Year of Work: 1645 Movement: Baroque and Dutch Golden Age Dimensions: Framed 18 x 16.5", Unframed 6.2 x 5.1" Catalog Raisonne: Bartsch 34 Artist Bio: Rembrandt van Rijn - Dutch Baroque painter and printmaker, one of the greatest storytellers in the history of art, possessing an exeptional ability to render people in their various moods and dramatic guises. Born of modest means, the son of a miller, his parents took great care with his education. Beginning his studies at the latin school, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden at the age of fourteen. He soon left to study art with local master, Jacob van Swanenburch and in Amsterdam with Pieter Lastman, known for his historical paintings. Having mastered everything he had been taught in six months, Rembrandt returned to Leiden where at the age of 22 he took students, one of which was the famous artist, Gerrit Dou. Moving to Amsterdam in 1631, he married Saskia van Uylenburgh, the cousin of a successful art dealer, which enhanced his career, bringing him into contact with wealthy patrons who commissioned portraits. His mythological and religious works were much in demand as were seats in his classes which included trained artist such as Carel Fabritius. In spite of his successful public career, his personal life was fraught with tragedy, his wife lsing of the four children she bore. She passed away at age 30. Rembrandt's penchant for ostentatious living eventually ended in bankruptcy. His collection of art and antiquities, Flemish and Italian Renaissance paintings, Far Eastern art, Dutch works weapons, armor and even his fashionable townhouse all brought very little at auction. Losing his collection seemed to motivate him as his artistry continued to increase in skillfulness. Rembrandt is also known as a painter of light and shade and as an artist who favored an uncompromising realism. Some critics claimed that he preferred ugliness to beauty. Early in his career, Rembrandt painted mainly portraits. Although he continued to paint, etch and occasionally, draw portraits throughout his career, he did so less frequently over time. Roughly one-tenth of his painted and etched oeuvre consists of studies of his own face as well as more-formal self-portraits, a fact that has lead to much speculation. The core of Rembrandt's oeuvre, however, consists of biblical and historical, mythological, and allegorica "history pieces," all of which he painted etched or sketched in pen and ink or chalk. Seen over his whole career, the changes in Rembrandt's style are remarkable. His approach to composition and his rendering of space and light - like his handling of contour, form, and color, his brushwork, and his treatment of line and tone - are subject to gradual and often abrupt transformation within a single work. His renowned painting "Night Watch" , was clearly a turning point in his stylistic development. These changes are not the result of an involuntary evolution; rather they should be seen as documenting a conscious search in pictorial and narrative respects, sometimes in discussion with his great predecessors. Certain artists in 18th century Germany and Venice even adopted his style. He was venerated during the Romantic era and was considered a forerunner of the Romantic movement; from that point he was regarded as one of the greatest figures in art history. In the Netherlands itself, his fortunes have once again risen, and he has become a symbol of both greatness and Dutch-ness.

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  • Creator
    Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669, Dutch)
  • Creation Year
    1645
  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.2 in. (15.75 cm)Width: 5 in. (12.7 cm)Depth: 1.6 in. (4.07 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU136326116912

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