Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1606-1669
Title: An Old Man Shading his Eyes with his Hand
Date: c. 1636
Medium: Etching and drypoint on laid paper
Description: A very fine, delicate impression of New Hollstein's first state of three. With narrow margins on three sides, trimmed on the platemark at left. In the first state, only the head and the left arm of the scholar is finished. His body and chair are very lightly sketched. Even early in the composition, Rembrandt commands the picture with extraordinary attention to detail, the textural accuracy for the fur cuff and cap is superb. The lines are few, yet definitive of the rest of the composition and proportion of the man.
Reference: B. 207; New Hollstein 175. I
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.
Inventory Number: 207914655
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