Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘The Omval’, 1645, Merritt Gallery

From Catalogue Raissonne # B 209: With drypoint. Second state of two. Signed and dated "Rembrandt 1645." Amsterdam. The Omval, seen across the water, is the stroke of land between the Amstel River and the Diemermeer. Notice the lovers secluded in the shade of the trees.

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