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Self Portrait Drawing at a Window (B.22)

Self Portrait Drawing at a Window

  • Etching on Ingres d’Arches off-white laid paper (watermark) with large margins. Signed and dated in the plate (in the window sash, upper left corner). The fifth state according to Bjorklund, the eighth state according to Nowell-Eusticke. A 20th century impression printed by Marjorie Van Dyke. From the ‘Millennium’ edition limited to 2500 examples.
  • In this extraordinary image, Rembrandt depicts himself drawing at a window, as the light from the window seeps into the space and creates a symbolic dramatic contrast. Rembrandt’s face is illuminated, but the interior of the room is cast in darkness. He created this work in 1648 at the age of forty-two, after a troubled six-year period during which he etched no self-portraits. During that time, Rembrandt’s wife Saskia dies, his financial situation worsened, and his relationship with Geertge Dircx, the nursemaid of his young son, Titus became troubled and later culminated in a court battle. The work clearly depicts a man at maturity, contemplating his life, and suggests a wise, if not beleaguered, and experienced man who has tasted life’s joys and sorrows. This was the last self-portrait etched by Rembrandt.

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