The School of Rembrandt, Bald Old Man in Right Profile, Small Bust
The School of Rembrandt, Etching, Bald Old Man in Right Profile, Small Bust
|Artist:||The School of Rembrandt (1600 - 1700)|
|Title:||Bald Old Man in Right Profile, Small Bust|
|Image Size:||2 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in (6 cm x 5.7 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||2 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in (6 cm x 5.7 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 15 in x 15 in (38.1 cm x 38.1 cm)|
|Signed:||Signed and dated in the plate in the lower left, 'Rembrandt f.1636.|
|Edition:||This work is a copy after the original etching by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669).|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition; adhered to wove backing paper.|
|24 Hour Sale:||40% Off: $1,200|
A copy after the original etching by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669), this charming piece is instilled with an incredible amount of detail for such a small work, exemplifying the artist's mastery of the etching medium.
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According to Nowell-Usticke, the original etching by Rembrandt from which this copy was based depicts Rembrandt's father, captured in his later years. This information perhaps adds a more personal sentiment to this image, as Rembrandt was particularly skilled at depicting those individuals that he was close to on an intimate, personal level. Whether or not the subject was intended to be Rembrandt's father, the bald subject of this copy by one of Rembrandt's students or followers appears pensive, bowing his face down as if weary with age. Despite his bald head, he has a long, white beard and wears an elegant garment made of fur. This work is noteworthy for the rich sense of texture that the artist achieves with his delicate line work, relaying the impression of fur, hair, and skin.
This work is a copy by a student or follower of Rembrandt created after the original etching by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669).
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 50. Edited by Stephanie S. Dickey. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 294.
2. Hind, Arthur. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings, New York, 1967. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 24.
3. Nowell-Usticke, G.W. Rembrandt's Etchings, Narberth, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B. 294.
4. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. I: Text, 1969. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. B.294.
5. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. II: Plates, Amsterdam, 1969. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B.294.
6. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
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Biography of The School of Rembrandt
Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt's (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669) school in Amsterdam was one of the busiest art enterprises of the 17th century. As a talented and popular teacher with more than 50 documented students, Rembrandt created not only a name for himself but for his school as well. His name lives on through his own vast artistic oeuvre and through the works that his students created that greatly resemble his artistic style. From paintings to drawings to etchings, his students explored a variety of artistic mediums, creating works of great artistic merit.
Drawing, in particular, played a crucial role in Rembrandt's teaching methods. Rembrandt would create drawings for his students to imitate, and he and his pupils would sketch the same models and landscapes side by the side. As a result of these immersive training methods, Rembrandt's drawings and those of his students retain many stylistic similarities.
Works by the School of Rembrandt display traits that define Rembrandt's artistic style: the delicate handling of line, rendering of expressions and gestures, and description of light. Rembrandt's works display an active use of light and shadow on his figures creating a dramatic chiaroscuro effect while his subjects appear to come to life with their remarkably detailed and human expressions. His students learned such methods from him and expertly applied them to their own works.
Amongst some of Rembrandt's more notable students are Ferdinand Bol (1616 -1680), Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), Carel Fabritius (1622 - 1654), Govert Flinck (1615 - 1660), and Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627 - 1678).
~Derived from http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/rembrandt_drawings/