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Rembrandt, Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby in the Background, c. 1646

Artist: Rembrandt (1606 - 1669)
Title:Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby in the Background (‘Het Rolwagentje’), c. 1646
Reference:B. 194
Medium:Etching
Image:7 5/8 in x 5 1/16 in (19.4 cm x 12 .8 cm)
Sheet:8 3/16 in x 5 7/16 in (20.8 cm x 13.8 cm)
Framed:approx. 24 1/4 in x 21 5/8 in (61.6cm x 55cm)
Edition:According to the New Hollstein Dutch, a State IIIV (of VIII), a Nowell-Usticke State VII (of VII); Boon & White State III (of III); Hind State III (of III); Bjorklund State III (of IV). 
Condition:This work is in good condition.
ID #w-5102

Historical Description

Rembrandt Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby in the Background ('Het Rolwagentje'), c. 1646 is a fantastic figural study observed by Rembrandt as he includes a variety of characters in this composition to create a pleasant and charming scene.  First, the mother and child in the background are depicted interacting with one another in playful modes of gesture.  They are highly detailed and great care has been taken to portray these characters as highly animated and full of life.  The ideas surrounded teaching a child to walk was a common metaphor in the 17th century for learning or practicing in general; this scene paired with the two figural studies in the foreground suggest that Rembrandt emphasized constant practice in mastering one’s art.  The two primary figures in the foreground have been meticulously shaded and detailed and are considered to be two different versions of the same model, depicted twice in this work.

Created c. 1646, this etching is, according to the New Hollstein Dutch, a State IIIV (of VIII), a Nowell-Usticke State VII (of VII); Boon & White State III (of III); Hind State III (of III); Bjorklund State III (of IV).

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Rembrandt Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby in the Background ('Het Rolwagentje'), c. 1646 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work):

1.  Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 50.  Edited by Stephanie S. Dickey.  New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 194 (another example illustrated).

2. Biörklund, George. Rembrandt’s Etchings: True and False, Stockholm: George Biörklund, 1968. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no.  Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonne no. BB. 46-1.

3.  Boon, K.G. Rembrandt: The Complete Etchings. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. Illustrated as plate 202 and detailed in the introduction.

4. Hind, Arthur. A Catalogue of Rembrandt’s Etchings. New York: Da Capo Press, 1967.Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no.  222; illustrated as catalogue raisonné  no. 222.

5. Hinterding, Erik and Rutgers, Jaco. The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engraving and Woodcuts, 1450-1700: Rembrandt Text II 1636-1665 nos. 156-314. Edited by Ger Luijten. Amsterdam: Sound and Vision Publishers, 2013. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 233.

6.  Hinterding, Erik and Rutgers, Jaco. The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engraving and Woodcuts, 1450-1700: Rembrandt Plates II 1635-1648 nos. 139-246. Edited by Ger Luijten. Amsterdam: Sound and Vision Publishers, 2013. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 233.

7. Nowell-Eusticke, G.W. Rembrandt’s Etchings. New York: Hacker Art Books, Inc., 1988.  Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B 194.

8. White, Christopher and Boon, Karel. Rembrandt’s Etchings, Vol. 1, Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co.,1969. Listed catalogue raisonné no.  B 194.

9. White, Christopher and Boon, Karel. Rembrandt’s Etchings, Vol. 2, Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co.,1969. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B 194.

10. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

ABOUT THE FRAMING:

Rembrandt Nude Man Seated and Another Standing, with a Woman and Baby in the Background ('Het Rolwagentje'), c. 1646 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with linen-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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