Cottage among Trees

Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)

Date: ca. 1650

Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown

Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (17.1 x 27.6 cm); vertical strip 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (17.2 x 3.2 cm) added by artist to the sheet at right.

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.939

Description

In his landscape drawings from the early 1650s, Rembrandt strove to create generalized views of the buildings in their settings, enlived by wonderfully atmospheric penwork, as seen here in the foliage of the trees. Rembrandt situated the cottage parallel to the picture plane and framed it symmetrically by adding a strip of paper to the right of the original sheet, on which he rounded off the tree branches, fence, and horizon. By doing so, he gave the composition a beautiful and imposing equilibrium of almost classical dimension.

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