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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 240

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Landscape with a Haybarn and a Flock of Sheep (B., Holl. 224; H. 241)

    Price Realised  

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    Landscape with a Haybarn and a Flock of Sheep (B., Holl. 224; H. 241)
    etching with drypoint, 1652, second, final state, a very good impression of this rare landscape, with touches of burr throughout, the vertical wiping scratches in the sky clearly visible, on fine laid paper with watermark initials IR (possibly part of a Posthorn watermark, cf. Hinterding Aa), with thread margins below, skilfully remargined elsewhere, a short, skilfully repaired tear at the upper left, some pale discoloration
    P. 80 x 175 mm., S. 83 x 176 mm.


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    In this small, compact landscape, Rembrandt skilfully blended the techniques of etching and drypoint to produce a balanced tonal study in which the viewer's eye is asked to pick out the annecdotal details; the flock of sheep in the mid ground, the horse rolling in the field, the group of figures standing on the dyck to the left. It is a testament to his skill as a landscape artist that such a broad panorama is evoked so effectively within such a small pictorial space.

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    Provenance

    R. Houlditch (L. 2214).
    An unidentified monogram in pen and ink and dated 1783 on the reverse.