Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

Beggar Seated on a Bank , 1630


Plate: 117 x 71 mm. 4 5/8 x 2 ¾ in. Sheet: 144 x 112 mm. 5 5/5 x 4 3/8 in.

$70,000 - $100,000

David Tunick, Inc.

New York, NY



Dimensions: Plate: 117 x 71 mm. 4 5/8 x 2 ¾ in. Sheet: 144 x 112 mm. 5 5/5 x 4 3/8 in. Reference: Hind 11; Hollstein 174, only state; New Hollstein 50, first state of two, before the plate is reduced in size Provenance: Kornfeld, 21 June 1989, lot 153; to David Tunick, Inc., New York; 1990 to Private collection, New York; and Within the same family n Rembrandt’s early etchings he experimented with the printmaking medium through sketchy, expressive self-portraits and depictions of beggars. In this print, behind the scraggly beard and open-mouthed grimace, the artist’s own distinctive features are clearly visible. Interestingly, Rembrandt’s self-portrait as a beggar is his only depiction of such a figure in the true sense of the word, with open hand outstretched towards the viewer, perhaps a semi-humorous reference to his own struggles as a young artist. Early impressions of this print such as this one display a rough, inked platemark. At the beginning of his career as an etcher, Rembrandt did not always smooth the plate edges or the surface of the copper plate, producing plate tone and texture, leading to serendipitous affects that he liked and mostly controlled to some extent. The artist’s masterful skill is apparent as well in the figure’s vivid expression, textured cloak, and tousled hair.