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The Three Trees

Artist:
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Date:
1643
Medium:
Etching with drypoint and engraving
Dimensions:
plate: 8 3/8 x 10 15/16 in. (21.3 x 27.8 cm) sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (21.3 x 28.3 cm) mount: 14 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (36.2 x 48.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.107.31
Not on view
The Three Trees is Rembrandt's largest and most striking etched landscape. Here he masterfully combined techniques (drypoint, engraving, varied depths of etched lines, and a speckled tone) to create a sense of nature in flux. He animated the landscape with many details: an artist sketching on the hill at right, a fisher couple at lower left, and an amorous couple hidden in the darkened foreground bushes. Some of the unnatural cloud formations left of center indicate that Rembrandt may have etched The Three Trees on a plate that contained an abandoned sketch for The Death of the Virgin, a composition he continued on a larger plate in 1639.
Inscription: in pen and black ink, verso, bottom left: H. O. H.

Marking: Collector's marks: unidentified collector’s mark (Lugt 144); initials of Henry Osborne Havemeyer (not in Lugt)
possibly Edward Cheney (1803–1884, Badger Hall, Shropshire); possibly his sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, April 29-May 3, 1885, lot 730; H. O. Havemeyer; Louisine W. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rembrandt and His Circle: Drawings and Prints, A Selection in Honor of the Artist's 400th Birthday," July 10, 2006–October 15, 2006.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 11, 2014–April 28, 2014.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.

Hind 205; Bartsch 212; NH(Rembrandt).II.110.214
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