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The School of Rembrandt, The Hog

The School of Rembrandt Gravure à l'eau-forte Signé, The Hog The School of Rembrandt Gravure à l'eau-forte, The Hog
Artiste: The School of Rembrandt (1600 - 1700)
Titre: The Hog
Gravure à l'eau-forte
Taille d'image: 7 in x 5 5/8 in (17.8 cm x 14.3 cm)
Taille de feuille: 7 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in (19.1 cm x 15.6 cm)
Taille encadrée: 26 in x 24 1/4 in (66 cm x 61.6 cm)
Signé: Signed in the plate in the lower right, 'Rembrandt f 1643.'
Edition: This etching is a copy of the original etching by Rembrandt from 1643.
Condition: In very good condition.
Article# 2762
Description historique:

The hog - a staple of every Dutch household during Rembrandt's time of the 17th century. It meant sustenance for any family who owned one and was often highly bartered and traded as part of everyday life. Rembrandt has depicted our Hog lying peacefully before a family of onlookers, presumably its owners. In the background, a faintly etched man appears to be sharpening his tools atop a table - holding the fate of the hog in his hands. Interestingly, a more detailed figure clutching a small pouch or sack appears to be fleeing the scene just behind the hog's back.

This piece is a copy created after an original etching by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669) by a student or follower of Rembrandt.


1. Biörklund, George. Rembrandt's Etchings: True and False, Stockholm, 1968. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. BB. 43-A.
2. Hind, Arthur. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings, New York, 1967. Listed as cat. no. 204; illustrated as cat. no. 204.
3. Nowell-Usticke, G.W. Rembrandt's Etchings, Narberth, 1988. Listed and illustrated as B 157.
4. Schwartz, Gary. Rembrandt: All the etchings reproduced in true size, New York, 1977. Listed and illustrated as B 157.
5. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. I: Text, 1969. Listed as cat. no. B 157.
6. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. II: Plates, Amsterdam, 1969. Illustrated as cat. no. B 157.

Conservation framed with archival materials to ensure lasting quality, this work is float-mounted in a Italian-style, bronze and gold moulding. The intricately sculpted detail with carved rivets complements the etched quality of this work. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats with a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

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Style: Old Master

The School of Rembrandt biographie

Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt's (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669) school in Amsterdam was one of the busiest art enterprises of the 17th century. As a talented and popular teacher with more than 50 documented students, Rembrandt created not only a name for himself but for his school as well. His name lives on through his own vast artistic oeuvre and through the works that his students created that greatly resemble his artistic style. From paintings to drawings to etchings, his students explored a variety of artistic mediums, creating works of great artistic merit.

Drawing, in particular, played a crucial role in Rembrandt's teaching methods. Rembrandt would create drawings for his students to imitate, and he and his pupils would sketch the same models and landscapes side by the side. As a result of these immersive training methods, Rembrandt's drawings and those of his students retain many stylistic similarities.

Works by the School of Rembrandt display traits that define Rembrandt's artistic style: the delicate handling of line, rendering of expressions and gestures, and description of light. Rembrandt's works display an active use of light and shadow on his figures creating a dramatic chiaroscuro effect while his subjects appear to come to life with their remarkably detailed and human expressions. His students learned such methods from him and expertly applied them to their own works.

Amongst some of Rembrandt's more notable students are Ferdinand Bol (1616 -1680), Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), Carel Fabritius (1622 - 1654), Govert Flinck (1615 - 1660), and Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627 - 1678).

~Derived from http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/rembrandt_drawings/

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