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Old Man with a Divided Fur Cap

Rembrandt1640

Dionísio Pinheiro And Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Foundation

Dionísio Pinheiro And Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Foundation

Rembrandt produced etchings for most of his career, from 1626 to 1660, when he was forced to sell his printing-press and virtually abandoned etching. Only the troubled year of 1649 produced no dated work.[56] He took easily to etching and, though he also learned to use a burin and partly engraved many plates, the freedom of etching technique was fundamental to his work. He was very closely involved in the whole process of printmaking, and must have printed at least early examples of his etchings himself. At first he used a style based on drawing, but soon moved to one based on painting, using a mass of lines and numerous bitings with the acid to achieve different strengths of line. Towards the end of the 1630s, he reacted against this manner and moved to a simpler style, with fewer bitings.[57] He worked on the so-called Hundred Guilder Print in stages throughout the 1640s, and it was the "critical work in the middle of his career", from which his final etching style began to emerge.[58] Although the print only survives in two states, the first very rare, evidence of much reworking can be seen underneath the final print and many drawings survive for elements of it.
Almost all Rembrandt etchings were printed in more than one state, above ten in some cases. They are generally small changes minimum adjustments or amendments, but there are cases where the changes are so drastic that result in a new composition. In the case of this work we have a picture of the second state.

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  • Title: Old Man with a Divided Fur Cap
  • Date: 1640
  • Physical Dimensions: 136 x 148 mm
  • Provenance: Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro
  • Type: Etching and drypoint, printed with plate tone on paper. Hind 170 i(II) Bartsch 265
  • External Link: http://www.fundacaodionisiopinheiro.pt/pt/o-museu
  • Painter: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
  • Original Title: Velho com boné de pele
  • Credit Line: Text: © Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Translation: © Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Photo: © Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro / António Santos

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