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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
(Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)

“The Pancake Woman”

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109 x 77 mm
signed and dated: Rembrandt f. 1635 with good margins on three sides and a thread margin at the bottom
More info

Bartsch 124; Seidlitz 124 Hind 141; White-Boon 124, second state (of three)
‘The New Hollstein, E. Hinterding, J. Rutgers, G. Luijten, 2013, no. 144, second
state (of VII), before the added cross hatching to a small area of foul biting on the
basket near the righthand margin.

Notes

The pancake-maker is a very popular subject in the Netherlands, even today. It is
remarkable how Rembrandt was able to describe the emotions of a variety of
children within such a restricted space. He probably drew inspiration from a work
by Adriaen Brouwer, for in his inventory of 1656 there is a referal to a painting by
Brouwer of a smilar subject.
This is an excellent impression of a charming subject. It seems that this Dutch
national dish does wonders for hungry people, young and old.

Provenance

On the recto: with a handwritten number from an unidentified collection; a private European collection;
Rumbler, Frankfurt; with Douwes Fine Art at TEFAF 2006;
Sold to a Dutch private collection

Plate in existence

Condition

a delicate and detailed 17th century impression

 

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