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The Omval

Artist:
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Date:
1645
Medium:
Etching and drypoint; second state of two
Dimensions:
sheet: 7 7/16 x 9 1/16 in. (18.9 x 23 cm) (about 1/16 in. margin)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.107.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690
This landscape represents a familiar spot outside Amsterdam that Rembrandt recorded in several drawings. It is a peninsula, known then and now as "De Omval," after a ruin that had once stood there (the Dutch word omvallen means to fall down). On the far bank of the Amstel River sit houses and a mill near the Watergraafsmeer neighborhood’s ring dike, whose waters flow into the river. The distant structures are clearly composed with confident etched lines. In contrast, the large willow tree that dominates the scene and conceals a pair of lovers in its blurred, almost textural shadows dramatically demonstrates the effect of combining etching and drypoint.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 21, 1995–November 26, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 9–August 7, 2017.

Hind.210-i; R.209-ii; S.209-i; B.209; NH(Rembrandt).II.121.221 ii/iii
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