Late Rembrandt at Reijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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 - a self portrait

Rembrandt 1659 – a self portrait. National Gallery of Art, Washington

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 - a self portrait

Rembrandt 1669 – a self portrait. The National Gallery, London

Lucretia by Rembrandt 1666 - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Lucretia by Rembrandt 1666 – Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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.

An old woman reading

An old woman reading – oil on canvas 1655. Buccleuch Collection, Boughton House, Northamptonshire

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:

The Kitchen Maid, Vermeer 1658

The Kitchen Maid, Vermeer 1658

and in conclusion, the picture says it all

I love Amsterdam

I love Amsterdam

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.

Posted in art, Late Rembrandt, Rembrandt, Rijksmuseum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment