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Portrait of Himself by REMBRANDT VAN RIJN {Dutch School}

Portrait of Himself by REMBRANDT VAN RIJN {Dutch School}Portrait of Himself by REMBRANDT VAN RIJN {Dutch School}

 

IN REMBRANDT’S portraits of himself, the world has the full history of an artist
who won and lost the material satisfactions of life, but gained, at last, the in­
effable comfort that settles on the soul of man when he has finished a great
work; when, without malice or reserve, he has given expression to his burdens,
and thus put them from him,

As a youth, he made countless studies of his face,
his intention being to show how the human countenance reflects the various
moods and passions; but all that is visible in those first studies is a tousled,
bull-necked young man acting before a mirror.

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Next, he painted himself at the
flood of his prosperity, proud and cavalier, and once, holding Saskia on his
knee, with laughter in his face–his only happy portrait. In his last years­
for his imaginative life matured slowly, with his tribulations and the absolute
self-discipline enabling him to disregard everything extraneous to his purpose
-he arrived at the highest reaches of his genius and painted, in 1659, the
Portrait of Himself here reproduced.
Vintage 1939 Book Plate Print

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