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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 239

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Landscape with Trees, Farm buildings and a Tower (B., Holl. 223; H. 244)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    Landscape with Trees, Farm buildings and a Tower (B., Holl. 223; H. 244)
    etching and drypoint, circa 1651, fourth, final state, on thin oriental paper with wirelines, a delicately printed impression of this rare and important landscape, with thread margins, two small thin-spots on the reverse, adhesive tape hinges at the lower sheet corners on the reverse (just showing through), otherwise in generally good condition, framed
    P., S. 124 x 324 mm.


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    Sketched no doubt during a walk along the road to Amstelveen near the town of De Overtoom, this rare large landscape was executed towards the end of the day as the sun began to dip low over the western horizon. Rembrandt was less concerned with an accurate portrayal of the scene (as his changes in the third state testify, such as the alterations to the shape of the tower), but rather to produce a harmonious study of the setting sun. The long strokes of the etching needle used in the sky contrast with the short textured shading which unites the buildings and trees, forging a single mass accross which the lengthening shadows play.

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    Provenance

    Sir Edward Astley (L. 2774).
    Aquired from Craddock and Barnard, catalogue 87, December 1957, number 107 (according to a note on the backboard).