A Peasant Calling Out by Rembrandt van Rijn

  • This expressive etching is the work of the great Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
  • The work is part of a number of etchings the artist created on the subject of the beggar
  • Other versions of this etching can be found in museum collections around the world
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Rembrandt van Rijn
1606-1669 | Dutch

A Peasant Calling Out "Tis Vinnich Kout" ("It's Biting Cold")

Etching on laid paper
First and only state
Signed and dated "Rembrand f.1634" (upper right)

The revered Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was arguably the most important and innovative etcher in the history of Western art. His body of work is unparalleled, boasting close to 300 authenticated prints, and his groundbreaking techniques in the medium are without precedent. This etching, which is entitled A Peasant Calling Out "Tis Vinnich Kout" ("It's Biting Cold"), displays the Old Master's deft strokes and mastery of expression that places him among the greatest portraitists in the history of art.

The work is one of the artist's earlier etchings and among a number of small impressions that Rembrandt composed of beggars, which were collectible among the wealthy merchant class of the era. He wielded his etching needle as he did his paintbrush, ingeniously capturing expression, character and shadow through only a few quick, well-placed lines. The etching is the first and only state of this impression, and versions of it can be found at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

While also celebrated for his paintings, Rembrandt was renowned as a master printmaker throughout his lifetime. Emerging in the region in the early 16th century, printmaking experienced increased popularity during Rembrandt’s lifetime, when an affluent new merchant class with money to spare for artworks flourished. Among the many printmakers of the era, Rembrandt stood out as he exploited the medium to its fullest. He often utilized techniques from his paintings, such as chiaroscuro, and successfully translated them to copper plate. His fluid lines, delicate cross-hatching and subtle tonalities allowed Rembrandt to achieve the sense of atmosphere that set apart his works.

Printed circa 1634

Etching: 4 1/2" high x 1 3/4" wide
Frame: 16 1/4" high x 13 1/4" wide

Literature:
Bartsch, Adam von, Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt, Vienna, 1797, B.177
White, Christopher and Boon, Karel G., Rembrandt's Etchings: an Illustrated Critical Catalogue, Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co; London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1969, no. B.177
Hind, Arthur M., A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings, London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1923, no. 233
Blanc, Charles, L'oeuvre complet de Rembrandt, décrit et commenté Paris, 1859-61
Biörklund George, Rembrandt's Etchings, True and False: A Summary Catalogue in a Distinctive Chronological Order and Completely Illustrated, Stockholm, London & Paris, 1955
A Peasant Calling Out by Rembrandt van Rijn
Maker: Rembrandt
Period: Pre-18th Century
Origin: Netherlands
Type: Other Fine Art
Depth: 1.25 Inches
Width: 13.25 Inches
Height: 16.25 Inches
Style: Old Masters
Canvas Width: 1.75 Inches
Canvas Height: 4.5 Inches
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