Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Christ at Emmaus:  The Smaller Plate’, 1634, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper

Signed and dated in the plate lower center Rembrandt f. 1634.

A strong, dark 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and New Hollstein’s only state, Usticke's first state of two of this rare etching (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a scarce plate”, and assigned his scarcity rating of “R+” [75 to 125 impressions extant in that year]), printed prior to the appearance of the very fine verticals below the dog’s chest, the acid spots in the lower left corner printing strongly.

Catalog: Bartsch 88; Hind 121; Biorklund-Barnard 34-K; Usticke 88 i/ii; New Hollstein 129.

J.P. Filedt Kok, Rembrandt Etchings & Drawings in the Rembrandt House, Gary Schwartz, Maarssen, 1972, no. B88; Eva Ornstein-Van Slooten/Marijke Holtrop/Peter Schatborn, The Rembrandt House: A Catalogue of Rembrandt Etchings, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam, 1999, no. B88, p. 66 (ill.): Clifford S. Ackley, Rembrandt’s Journey: Painter-Draftsman-Etcher, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, 2003, no. 4, p. 67 (ill.); Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 73, vol. II p. 85 (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