Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Self-Portrait with Raised Sabre’, 1634, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching with touches of burin printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a Strasbourg Lily watermark (Ash/Fletcher 26; Hinterding A-BA-b-b)

Signed and dated in the plate upper left Rembrandt f. / 1634.

A strong, dark and richly printed 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and New Hollstein’s second and final state, Usticke’s first state of two, of this rare self-portrait (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a scarce, attractive plate, fine impressions scarce,” and assigned his scarcity rating of “R+” [75-125 impressions extant in that year]), printed after the borderlines at the left and right were moved in and the width of the plate was reduced (the left border line moved to run through the “R” of the signature).

Christopher Wright, Rembrandt: Self Portraits, Gordon Fraser, London, 1982, no. 48 (ill.); Hilliard T. Goldfarb, A Human Vision: The Adolph Weil, Jr. Collection of Rembrandt Prints, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1988, no. 8, p. 31 (ill.); Christopher White & Quentin Buvelot, Rembrandt by Himself, National Gallery Publications Limited, London, 1999, no. 41, p. 156 (ill.); Gary Schwartz, The Rembrandt Book, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2006, no. 334, p. 197 (ill.); Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 10, vol. II p. 14 (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