08 janvier 2018

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Artist in his Studio, about 1628

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Artist in his Studio, about 1628. Oil on panel, 24.8 x 31.7cm (9 3/4 x 12 1/2in.), Zoe Oliver Sherman Collection given in memory of Lillie Oliver Poor, 38.1838 © 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In this small painting, the young Rembrandt seems to represent the daunting moments of conception and decision necessary to the creation of a work of art. An artist confronts his easel in a studio bare of everything except his essential tools. This drama, with its emphasis on... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2017

Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613 – 1675 Leiden), Scholar Interrupted at His Writing ,ca. 1635

Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613 – 1675 Leiden), Scholar Interrupted at His Writing ,ca. 1635, oil on oval panel 24.5 x 20 cm, GD-102, Private collection, New York. Currently on view at Musée du Louvre, Paris. An elderly scholar glances up from his writing to gaze directly at the viewer. With pen paused on the paper before him, he sits at his desk where an open book leans against a globe and a pen case lies obliquely along the table edge. Among Gerrit Dou’s numerous paintings of a scholar in his study, none focuses so directly... [Lire la suite]