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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Landscape with a cottage and haybarn: oblong (B., Holl. 225; H. 177)

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Landscape with a cottage and haybarn: oblong (B., Holl. 225; H. 177)
etching, 1641, a very good impression, with touches of burr to the foliage at left and the signature lower right, the distant townscape at left printing clearly, with narrow margins top and bottom, thread margins left and right, a horizontal crease across the sheet just inside the upper platemark, a central horizontal drying fold visible only in a raking light, a small pale area at the left of the subject, a horizontal and vertical crease only visible on the reverse, minor thin spots at the upper edge, generally in good condition
(FPR 39)
P. 127 x 320 mm., S. 130 x 322 mm.
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Lot Essay

The similarities in format, size, style and theme suggest that this and the following lot were intended to complement each other, and some have conjectured that they are the right and left-hand elements of a panorama on either side of A view of Amsterdam from the north west (lot 39). The back cover illustration shows how the three views together might have looked.
In this print the different long views on either side of the cottage juxtapose town and country, urban and rural life. In fact three elements are being juxtaposed - the rich city on the left, the rich country manor house on the right, and the humble country existence in the centre.
Although realistic, it is undoubtedly a work of the imagination that Rembrandt created in his studio from various motifs he observed in the surrounding countryside. It is generally accepted that the town at the left in the distance is Amsterdam, but there is some dispute as to the identity of the substantial country house at the right, although the consensus appears to be that it is the ruins of Kostverloren House.
Landscape with a cottage and haybarn is one of Rembrandt's most famous and highly prized landscapes. An indication of its popularity is that White and Boon list no fewer than five etched copies of it. It required a particularly skilful manipulation of the etching process, varying the biting from the darkest lines of the cottage to the lightest on the far horizon. It is these lightest lines that wear most quickly, and in many impressions the distant townscape is feint and indistinct. The present impression shows none of this wear.
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