Nov 12, 2020 - Sale 2550

Sale 2550 - Lot 79

Price Realized: $ 6,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Self Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with the Face Dark: Bust.

Etching, 1633. 135x105 mm; 5 3/8x4 inches, wide margins. Biörklund's third state (of 3); Usticke's third state (l) (of 3); White and Boon's second state (of 2). Ex-collection unknown collector, blue ink stamp, verso (not in Lugt). A very good impression.

Rembrandt (1606-1669) etched some 30 self-portraits, with 27 singular images of himself and several others of himself in different guises or grouped with other portrait studies. This self-portrait, created at the age of 27, two years after he had moved to Amsterdam from Leyden to begin to establish himself as a successful 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 lend 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.