Rembrandt, The Card Player, c. 1641

Artist: Rembrandt (1606 - 1669)
Title:The Card Player, c. 1641
Reference:B 136
Medium:Etching
Image:3 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in (8 cm x 8.6 cm)
Sheet:3 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in (9 cm x 8.3 cm)
Framed:17 1/4 in x 17 in (43.8 cm x 43.2 cm)
Edition:A Nowell-Usticke, a State I (of V) impression; Biörklund State I (of III); White & Boon State I (of II); Hind State I (of III). This work is listed by Nowell-Usticke as a not very common impression with less than 125-225 copies extant.
Condition:This work is in good condition; slight paper thinning in upper and lower left corners.
ID #w-4087
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Historical Description

Utilizing a wealth of line work and intricate features, the figure appears deep in concentration as he shuffles a deck of cards. Christopher White discusses this work in his book Rembrandt as an Etcher, "The sitter appears again as the model for the etching of The Card Player (B. 136) of the same year, and is far more likely to have been a young pupil obliging the master, than either a portrait of 'Smyters' or the Polish Ambassador…" (White 125) Münz stated of the portraits of this period,"In these studies more than in the finished portrait…are to be seen for the first time the living shadows from which Rembrandt's figures emerge in his latest work." (Münz 31)

Created in 1641, this original etching is listed by Nowell-Usticke as a not very common impression, with less than 125-225 copies extant. According to Nowell-Usticke, a State I (of V) impression; Biörklund State I (of III); White & Boon State I (of II); Hind State I (of III).

Documented and Illustrated in:

1. Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 50. Edited by Stephanie S. Dickey. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no 136 (another example illustrated).
2. Biörklund, George, Rembrandt's Etchings: True and False, 1968. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. BB 41-M on pg. 87.
3. Hind, Arthur. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. New York, 1967. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 190 with discussion on pg. 91.
4. M?nz, Ludwig. Rembrandt's Etchings: Reproductions of the Whole Original Etched Work, Vol. 1. London: Phaidon Press, 1952. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 70 (another example illustrated).
5. M?nz, Ludwig. Rembrandt's Etchings: Reproductions of the Whole Original Etched Work, Vol.2. London: Phaidon Press, 1952. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no.63 on pg. 65.
6. Nowell-Eusticke, G.W. Rembrandt's Etchings. Narberth, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B 136.
7. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. I: Text. Amsterdam, 1969. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. B.136 on pg. 70.
8. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. II: Plates. Amsterdam, 1969. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B.136 on pg. 121.

About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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