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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 233

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    An old Beggar Woman with a Gourd (B., Holl. 168; H. 80)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    An old Beggar Woman with a Gourd (B., Holl. 168; H. 80)
    etching, circa 1630, a fine impression of the second, final state, with burr to the horizontal line across the bottom of the plate, with thread margins, generally in very good condition
    P., S. 104 x 48 mm.


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    Beggars appear often in Rembrandt's early figure studies. They had, of course, been portrayed in the earlier work of Bosch and Brueghel, but were generally viewed as objects of derision rather than examples of human suffering. Rembrandt was fascinated by the humanity and diverse experiences expressed in the faces and physiognomy of the elderly, the destitute and the wandering beggars who lived on the fringes of society and were readily found in Leyden and Amsterdam. His figures possess greater naturalism and personality; they constitute a humanity of suffering individuals rather than symbolic embodiments of strife.

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