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Rembrandt Drawings

Rembrandt Drawings

B. Haak

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-051-0
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Rembrandt's drawings are the most original expressions of his art. Spontaneous sketches, notations of things he saw about him - this was the resource always available to him when he was busy with the works he made for sale, the paintings and the etchings.

Beside the figure pieces in red and black chalk, it is especially in the pen drawings that, often with just a few strokes, he was able to capture the essence of a situation.

Rembrandt drew throughout his whole life, as the large number of surviving drawings prove, and his drawing style gained in intensity with the years. In his mature period, when the expressiveness increased, he often used a reed pen, which enebled him to achieve strong rugged lines.

This book offers a selection of Rembrandt's most beautiful drawings, chosen by Bob Haak, an expert on Rembrandt's work. The chronological order permits the reader to follow the artist's development as a draftsman from the beginning up to his latest drwings. Throughout this development it is clear that certain subjects fascinated the artist from his youth onward, whereas others - such as landscape - were of interest to him only during particular periods of his life. The author discusses Rembrandt's choice of subject matter and the materials he used as well.

In conclusion, Haak examines the question of the extent to which it is permissable to deduce an artist's personal fortunes and misfortunes from his work. By surveying Rembrandt's life in the light of his most important creations, he is able to settle accounts with several widely held myths about his master.

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