Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, ‘Man in an Arbour’, 1642, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching printed in black ink on laid paper.

Signed and dated in the plate upper left Rembrandt f 1642.

A superb, clear and clean 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch, Hind, Biorklund-Barnard, Usticke and New Hollstein’s only state of this extremely rare etching (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a very rare plate, possibly a self-portrait”, and assigned his scarcity rating “RRR-” [30-50 impressions extant in that year]).

Catalog: Bartsch 257; Hind 194; Biorklund-Barnard 42-A; Usticke 257; New Hollstein 208.

In excellent condition, with thread margins at the top and sides, a wide margin below.

Literature regarding this artwork: J.P. Filedt Kok, Rembrandt Etchings & Drawings in the Rembrandt House, Gary Schwartz, Maarssen, 1972, B. 257, p. 136; Eva Ornstein-Van Slooten / Marijke Holtrop / Peter Schatborn, The Rembrandt House: A Catalogue of Rembrandt Etchings, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, 1999, B. 257, p. 130 (ill.).

Collections in which impressions of this state of this etching can be found: Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Museum het Rembrandtuis, Amsterdam; Baltimore Museum of Art; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin-Dahlem; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kunsthalle Bremen; Herzog Anton Ullrich Museum, Braunschweig; Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Brussels; Szépmüvészéti Museum, Budapest; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; Kunstsammlungen der Veste, Coburg; Statens Museum fur Kunst, Copennhagen; Kupferstich-Kabinett der Staatlische Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; Gabinetto disegni e stampedegli Uffizi, Florence; Städelsches Kunst Institut, Frankfurt-on-Main; Teylers Stichting, Haarlem; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; The Britsih Museum, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Musée du Petit Palais, Paris; Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna; The National Gallerry of Art, Washington; Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar.

About Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn is considered the greatest artist of Holland's Golden Age. He worked from direct observation, and despite the evolution of his style over the course of his career, Rembrandt’s compelling descriptions of light, space, atmosphere, modeling, texture, and human affect are the result of intense perceptual study. A prominent portraitist, Rembrandt is most famous for The Night Watch (1642), a monumental painting of militia guards that features Rembrandt’s distinctive use of chiaroscuro.

Dutch, 1606-1669, Leiden, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam and Leiden, Holland