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The Card Player (B.136)

The Card Player

  • Etching on Ingres d’Arches off-white laid paper (watermark) with large margins. Signed and dated in the plate (left of the subject’s face, center). The second state according to Bjorklund, the fourth state according to Nowell-Eusticke. A 20th Century impression printed by Marjorie Van Dyke. From the ‘Millennium’ edition limited to 2500 examples.
  • This etching reveals Rembrandt’s mastery of depicting the character of his sitter, as the small, shifting eyes of the subject (thought to be a pupil of Rembrandt’s) express his distrust of his opponents in the card game.
  • “The Card Player” also represents a major step in Rembrandt’s experimentation in the etching medium as he employs dry-point and burnishes to create the rich tonal effects found in the work. The extensive cross-hatching in the deep shadows behind the subject highlights the features of the sitter and enforces Rembrandt’s desire to focus the viewer on his features.
  • The young man depicted is also the subject of Rembrandt’s etching “Man at a Desk Wearing Cross and Chain.”

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