Having just returned from Amsterdam and a visit to the Rijksmuseum. I was so pleased to discover the presentation of the first major retrospective of the later work of the great Master of the Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn: a once-in-a-lifetime event. Over 100 works including sketches and prints , from leading museums and private collections from around the world were on display in Amsterdam.
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the paintings on display:
Rembrandt’s work underwent a radical transformation in the last eighteen years of his life (1606-1669). His later work was more experimental technically and had a greater depth psychologically, emotionally and intimately.
He made at least eighty self-portraits and studies of himself. While he had turbulent setbacks in his last years, none of this drama is reflected in his self portraits. They are introspective and no longer concerned with outward appearances.
Rembrandt sometimes used a palette knife to apply thick layers of often unmixed paint, or the butt end of the brush to make scratches in the paint. He used this tool in the lower part of Lucretia‘s white shift, both sleeves and her right hand.
The exhibition was divided into ten chapters highlighting Rembrandt’s artistic motives. Repeatedly he mined the themes of light, intimacy and contemplation. His fascination with light extended to a combination of etchings and drypoint and he made each impression unique by using different kinds of ink and paper.
It was a privilege to witness this great exhibition. I could not leave the Rijksmuseum without revisiting one of my most favourite paintings:
and in conclusion, the picture says it all
These photos were taken with my mobile phone and in very crowded situations, so please excuse the not so good quality.
The exhibition runs from
February 12 2015 to May 17 2015
at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Hope you get a chance to visit.