Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘The Omval’, 1645, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper

Signed and dated in the plate lower right Rembrandt 1645.

A superb 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch’s second and final state, Usticke’s first state of four, New Hollstein’s second state of three, of this rare etching, printed after the reduction of the right edge of the standing man’s hat (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “very scarce,” and given his scarcity rating of “RR-” [50 to 75 impressions extant in that year]), showing traces of burr on the sgnature.

Catalog: Bartsch 209 ii/ii; Hind 210; Biorklund-Barnard 45-B; Usticke 209 i/iv; New Hollstein 221 ii/iii.

Literature regarding this artwork: Boudewijn Bakker, Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, Erik Schmitz, Jan Peeters, Landscapes of Rembrandt: His Favorite Walks, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 1998, Ill. 4, p. 26; Cynthia P. Schneider, Rembrandt’s Landscapes, Yale University Press, New Haven & Lonson, 1990, no. 87, p. 102 (ill.); Christopher White, Rembrandt as an Etcher: A Study of the Artist at Work, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, no. 308, p. 227 (ill.); Erik Hinterding/Ger Luijten/Martin Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago & London, 2000, no. 50, p. 212 (ill.); Clifford S. Ackley, Rembrandt’s Journey: Painter-Draftsman-tcher, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003, no. 125, p. 194 (ill.); Gary Schwartz, The Rembrandt Book, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2006, no. 414, p. 250 (ill.); Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 164, vol. II p. 184 (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