Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Joseph Telling His Dreams’, 1638, R. S. Johnson Fine Art

A very fine, brilliant impression of White-Boon’s rare 2nd State (of three states), with inky plate edges and small margins all around. In the 1st state, the space between Joseph’s left arm and the face of the seated girl in the right foreground is shaded. In this 2nd state, that same space has been burnished and is white. In the following 3rd state, shading has been added in numerous places: e.g., on the heads in the back- ground, on the curtain and door behind the turbaned man on the right and on Jacob’s legs.
The Biblical references here are from Genesis:

“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren; and they
hated him yet the more.” (Genesis 37:5)

    “And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren,...his
     father took him to task: ‘What is this dream of yours?’ he said.  ‘Must 
     we come and bow low to the ground before you, I and your mother and
     your brothers?’ ” (Genesis 37:9-11)

The former owner of this work was Parisian collector Jules Gerbeau (died 1906). According to Frits Lugt (Marques de Collection, p 205), Gerbeau was a collector who brought together “with a delicate artistic sentiment” a beautiful print collection with each work in impeccable condition.

Signature: Signed and dated in the plate: Rembrandt 1638

Bartsch 37
Biörklund 38-E
Hollstein (White-Boon) 37-II/III

Jules Gerbeau (l. 1165)
Brooke of Bell

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