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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Landscape with two cows (B., Holl. 237; H. 240)

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Landscape with two cows (B., Holl. 237; H. 240)
etching and drypoint, circa 1650, a fine, early impression, with burr to the riverbank and the trees at left and with numerous horizontal wiping scratches in the sky, with thread margins, two small, unobtrusive pale spots in the sky (one containing a small rust-spot), otherwise in very good condition
(FPR 12)
P., S. 103 x 128 mm.
Provenance
Sotheby's, New York, 14 May 1992, lot 189
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Lot Essay

Here Rembrandt has transplanted a farmhouse that he may have seen on the St. Anthoniesdijk between Diemen and Amsterdam into an imaginary mountainous setting. The result is a new, partially Dutch, partially fictional environment. So successful is he in unifying these various elements that one could not guess that Rembrandt's only exposure to landscapes of this type was through the prints of others - notably those after Hendrik Goltzius and Pieter Brueghel.
Reproduced actual size
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