Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill’, 1639, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching with touches of drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper

Signed and dated in the plate upper left Rembrandt f. 1639.

A superb, strong and dark 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and New Hollstein’s second and final state, Usticke’s second state of three, of this extremely rare etching (characterized by G. W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “very scarce – a most desirable portrait”, and assigned his scarcity rating of “RR-” [50-75 impressions extant in that year]), printed after the previously unfinished contours of the right side of the capband were filled in.

Catalog: Bartsch 21 ii/ii; Hind 168; Biorklund-Barnard 39-E; Usticke 21 ii/iii; New Hollstein 171 ii/ii.

Clifford S. Ackley, Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1981, no. 87, p. 139 (ill.); Holm Bevers/PeterSchatborn/Barbara Welzel, Rembrandt: the Master and his Workshop, Yale University Pess, New Haven & London, 1991, no. 13, p. 201 (ill.); Albert Blankert, Rembrandt: A Genius and his Impact, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, 1997, no. 103, p. 399 (ill.); Christopher White, Rembrandt as an Etcher, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, no. 172, p. 133 (ill.); Erik Hinterding/Ger Luijten/Martin Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago & London, 2000, no. 34, p. 167 (ill.); Stephanie S. Dickey, Rembrandt: Portraits in Print, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam & Philadelphia, 2004, no. 89, p. 267 (ill.); Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 13, vol. II p. 17 (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