Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘OLD MAN WITH A DIVIDED FUR CAP’, 1640, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Collections in which impressions of this state of this etching can be found: Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin-Dahlem; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt-on Main; Ermitage Museum, Leningrad; The British Museum, London.

Series: A strong, clear 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch’s second state of two, Hind, Biorklund-Barnard and Usticke’s second state of three, and New Hollstein’s first state of two, of this rare and beautiful portrait. Printed after the appearance of the short slipt stroke from the cap to the left cheek of the subject, but well prior to the reworking with mezzotint, with traces of burr showing on the thumb of the sitter and the lines in the lower left and right corners.

Signature: Signed and dated in the plate upper left Rembrandt f. 1640.

Hilliard T. Goldfarb, A Humanist Vision: The Adolph Weil, Jr. Collection of Rembrandt Prints, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NewHampshire, 1988, no. 17, p. 49 (ill.);

              Clifford S. Ackley, Rembrandt’s Journey: Painter-Draftsman-Etcher, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003, no. 33, p. 98 (ill.);

              Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 194, vol. II p. 217 (ill.).

About Rembrandt 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