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REMBRANDT VAN RIJN Self Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with the Face Dark: Bust.
Etching, 1633. 135x105 mm; 5 3/8x4 inches, small margins. Biörklund's third state (of 3); Usticke's fifth state (of 5); White and Boon's second state (of 2). A very good, dark, well-inked impression.
Rembrandt etched some 30 self portraits, with 27 singular images and several others of himself in different guises or grouped with other portrait studies. This self portrait, at the age of 27, created two years after he had moved to Amsterdam from Leyden to establish himself as a successful (and independent) artist, and months before he married Saskia van Uylenburgh, is among Rembrandt's most introspective self renderings. The dark shading covering much of his face (which rapidly disappears in later impressions), the deep-set eyes and his quiet, hunched pose give him an almost shy, reserved appearance, which is markedly different from the proud, bright, frontal poses of his self portraits from the mid- to late-1630s. Bartsch 17; Biörklund 33-G; Hollstein (White and Boon) 17.