Nov 02, 2021 - Sale 2585

Sale 2585 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 40,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
Landscape with a Cottage and a Large Tree.

Etching, 1641. 127x320 mm; 5x12 3/4 inches. Usticke's only state (i), with the sky clean. The cream laid paper sheet mounted on a sheet of cream wove paper. A very good impression with strong contrasts.

Provenance: Galerie J. H. Bauer, Hannover.

According to Royalton-Kisch, "This view of a picturesque, tumbledown cottage, like that of the companion plate, the Landscape with a Cottage and Haybarn: Oblong, is an imaginary distillation or capriccio of the countryside around Amsterdam. However, a drawing in the Louvre, Paris, of around 1639, of a Cottage with a Cart and a Road, which may well have been made out of doors, seems to have provided the starting-point for the left half of the composition.

Like its companion, the etching bears the date 1641, the earliest to be found on Rembrandt's landscape prints. Yet the plate is executed with supreme assurance. In a detailed image Rembrandt successfully suggests a rich variety of textures, such as thatch, foliage and water, elaborating them to a high degree of finish. Particular subtlety has been derived from immersing the plate more than once in the acid to etch the lines more deeply in the foreground than the distance, where the forms dissolve in the atmosphere," (see Rembrandt the Printmaker, London, 200, pages 185 and186). Bartsch 226; Biörklund 41-B; Hollstein (White and Boon) 226.