In 1658 Rembrandt created several enigmatic, tonal etchings of women, presumably sketched directly from nude models. Each hints at a setting or subject, although the artist no doubt meant them to be open to interpretation. In this case, the fact that he did not show the woman’s feet suggests that he intended them to dangle in water; a few clumps of leaves are distinguishable in the dark background. Curiously, however, he also depicted a large cushion and what seems to be the backrest of a chair.
– Peter Gellatly Collection (1831-1912), Essex and London, Lugt 1185.
– Jean Cantacuzène Collection (1863-1934), Bucharest, Lugt 4030.
– Private collection, Switzerland
– Private collection, The Netherlands.
Excellent, deep black impression with rich contrast and thread margins around the plate mark. Mounted on support at three corners. The corners with small, professionally performed restorations. Isolated areas of slight rubbing. Overall in fine condition.
Expertise & Literature
Bartsch 200; Seidlitz 200; Hind 298; White-Boon 200;
The New Hollstein Dutch no. 309, First state (of II)
Plate in existence in Paris – with Nowell-Usticke (1967)