Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘THE CARD PLAYER’, 1641, Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘THE CARD PLAYER’, 1641, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

This shifty-eyed poker face was probably a student of Rembrandt’s. The artist represented him the same year, 1641, in more dignified occupation and attire as “Man at a Desk Wearing Cross and Chain” (Bartsch 261).

Series: A strong, clear 18th century impression of Bartsch's second and final state; Usticke's third state of four printed after the additional work to the background by Charles Henri Watelet and his name to the plate faintly lower left circa 1760.

Signature: Signed and dated in the plate left center Rembrandt f. 1641.

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