Friday, March 9, 2012

Rembrandt Landscape Etchings of 1641

When it comes to etchings depicting landscapes, I don't think anyone did it better than Rembrandt. Here are two marvelous etchings by the master recently sold at Swann Galleries in New York. Enjoy!

Sale 2258 Lot 136

Oct 26 2011 10:30 

Landscape with a Cottage and a Large Tree.

Etching, 1641. 127x320 mm; 5x12 5/8 inches, narrow margins. Schneider's first state (of 2), before the sulphur tint (Rembrandt's Landscapes, Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, 1990, number 5); Usticke's first state (of 2). IHS watermark (Hinterding variant E.a., the impressions of this subject in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, also have other IHS watermark variants). Ex-collection Spero, ink stamp lower right recto (not in Lugt). A superb, well-inked impression with strong contrasts. Bartsch 226; Biörklund 41-B; Hollstein (White and Boon) 226.
Estimate $60,000-90,000

Sold for $55,000

Sale 2258 Lot 139
The Windmill.

Etching and drypoint, 1641. 144x208 mm; 5 3/4x8 1/4 inches, thread margins. Counter mark LB watermark (Hinterding variant A.a.b., which he dates to around 1650. The impressions of this subject in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, also have the same watermark). A superb, evenly-printed, dark and early impression, with the sulphur tinting at the left and the craquelure in the sky printing clearly and with burr at the far left lower edge. Bartsch 233; Biörklund 41-C; Hollstein (White and Boon) 233.
Estimate $50,000-75,000

Sold for $38,000

Note:  My most recent Rembrandt post features a technically brilliant etching of an old man with a beard and a fur cap, quite well dressed really. 


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