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Rembrandt - The draughtsman - A8114

Rembrandt - The draughtsmanRembrandt - The draughtsman
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
1606 Leiden – Amsterdam 1669

The draughtsman.

Etching, about 1641. 9,3:6,4 cm.

Excellent impression in detail, before the retouching by Watelet. With unusual broad margins, ca. 22-25 mm on each side. Printed on paper with the 'Schellenkappe' (cap and bells) with some fragments of this watermark. Smoothed oblique fold at upper margin, weak fold at right margin, otherwise perfect condition.

Literature: Bartsch 130; Seidlitz 130, II (of IV); White-Boone 130, II (of III); Novell-Usticke 130, I (of V).

The print probably illustrates the common opinion of the 17th century that a (prospective) artist can reach the highest level of virtuosity by continuous exercise only (compare: Ornstein van Slooten et al. Das Rembrandthaus, Katalog der Radierungen. Amsterdam, Museum het Rembrandthuis, 1995, p 84). An other interpretation, given by Seidlitz without source citation, emphasizes that the image shows Rembrandt himself with the bust of a child of him who died in 1639.