Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Bust of an Old Bearded Man, Looking Down, Three Quarters Right’, 1631, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a portion of a Strasbourg Lily watermark (Ash/Fletcher 36)

Signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram lower right RHL (faint).

A fine 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and New Hollstein’s third and final state, Usticke’s second state of three, of this very rare etching (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a very scarce, good looking head”, and assigned his scarcity rating of “RR-” [approximately 50 - 75 impressions extant in that year]), printed after the right edge of the plate was trimmed down eliminating the date following the monogram in the previous state in the process, but before the addition of the extra vertical shading to the shoulder.

Catalog: Bartsch 260 iii/iii; Hind 47; Biorklund-Barnard 31-E; Usticke 260 ii/iii; New Hollstein 84 iii/iii.

Literature regarding this artwork: Erik Hinterding/Ger Luijten/Martin Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago-London, 2000, fig. 10, p. 29 (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