Rembrandt took the female nude as a subject early on, returning to it several times, and in the course of the last three years of his etching career he produced no less than six prints on this theme. They all impress with the same stark, monumental quality of the drawings he produced at the time.
Fairly common in late impressions, Woman bathing her Feet at a Brook is exceptionally rare in early impressions such as this. The figure is modelled by means of an open system of parallel lines and cross-hatching, giving the composition something of a drawing-like effect, without sacrificing any of its power. The model has been placed in a rather harsh light, but the effect is softened by being printed on a warm-toned yellowish Japanese paper - a scarce and expensive commodity in 17th century Holland.