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van Rijn, Rembrandt
Abraham Caressing (Isaac) Benjamin
1780. Single etching printed to recto only, plate margins: about 4.5" by 3.5" A late 18th-century restrike, likely by Claude-Henri Watelet (1718-1786) of Dutch master, Rembrandt van Rijn's (1606-1669) etching, "Jacob Caressing (Isaac) Benjamin". While producing a body of work that continues to be treasured 400 years after his lifetime, Rembrandt experienced a great deal of loss in his personal life, losing three children in infancy and his beloved wife, Saskia, after the birth of their fourth child - the only one to survive to adulthood. The look of quiet sadness in this etching on the face of Abraham perhaps echoes some of that loss experienced by Rembrandt, while the face of the child shows only joy at being so closely held by his father. Rembrandt's work varies greatly, an aspect that sets him apart from many of his contemporaries. His work included biblical scenes, such as that seen in this work, but was not limited in that respect. He worked in portraits, including what were considered remarkably sincere self-portraits, landscapes, nudes, animals, still-life, and mythological scenes, in a variety of mediums. He was producing during an important period in the Netherlands, a wealthy, cultural high-point, known as the Dutch Golden Age. The innovations of this period, with a strong contribution from Rembrandt himself, paved the way for many of the important movements that followed. Rembrandt produced etching for almost his entire career, until he was forced for economic reasons to sell his press. His etchings, more so than his paintings were responsible for much of his suc … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA [Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.]
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