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Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

View of Amsterdam from the Northwest

Etching

113 x 155 mm. 4 ½ x 6 1/8 in.

Above $100,000

David Tunick, Inc.

New York, NY

212-570-0090

About

Dimensions: 113 x 155 mm. 4 ½ x 6 1/8 in. Reference: Hind 176; Hollstein 210, only state; New Hollstein 203, only state Provenance: Wilhelm Koller (d. 1871), Lugt 2632; American private collection; 1990 to David Tunick, Inc., New York; 1990 to Private collection, New Jersey, U.S.A.; and Within the same family Private collection, New York Frits Lugt identified the exact location of this landscape in 1920 as a view of Amsterdam from the St. Anthony Port outside the Old Bastion of Blauwhoofd. From left to right the structures depicted are the Haringpokkerstoren, the Oedekerk, the Montelbaanstoren, the East and West Indian Dockhouses, the Mill on the Blauwhoofd, and the Suiderkerk. Rembrandt may have sketched en plein air directly onto the copper plate rather than working from a drawn sketch in his studio in executing this print in which the landscape is in reverse to actuality. The receding perspective and almost impressionistic atmosphere add to the sense that this print was drawn from life. Our impression once belonged to the collector Wilhelm Koller, a Viennese renowned for his taste and connoisseur’s eye. In addition to Rembrandt, he collected the finest prints and drawings from artists such as Dürer, Mantegna, and Schongauer, as well as painting and sculpture.

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