Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, ‘The Strolling Musicians’, ca. 1635, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching printed in black ink on laid paper

A superb, richly printed 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch, Hind and Biorklund-Barnard’s first state of two, Usticke and New Hollstein’s first state of three, printed before the additional shading was added to the musicians hats and the baby’s neck, still showing the fine horizontal scratches at the lower opening of the woman’s collar.

Catalog: Bartsch 119 i/ii; Hind 142 i/ii; Biorklund-Barnard 38-8 i/ii; Usticke 119 i/iii; New Hollstein 141 i/iii.

In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with thread margins around the platemark on all four sides.

Literature regarding this artwork: Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frtis Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 101, vol. II, p. 115 (ill.).

Collections in which impressions of this etching can be found: Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin-Dahlem; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Teylers Stichting, Haarlem; Ermitage Museum, Leningrad; The British Museum, London; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Duthuit Collection, Petit Palais, Paris; Collection Edmond de Rothschild, Musée du Louvre, Paris; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna.

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