Jonathan Bikker & Gregor J.M. Weber
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From the mid-l650s until his death in 1669, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) produced a remarkable body of work. Far from diminishing as he aged, his creativity gathered fresh energy as he consciously searched for a new style that was both expressive and meaningful. The works of these late years include some of the most familiar and best loved of Rembrandt’s paintings – A Woman bathing in a Stream, Self Portrait at the Age of 63 and The Jewish Bride – as well as the many drawings in pen, ink and wash that demonstrate his mastery of the graphic medium.
Through a series of thematic essays, the authors examine topics from self-scrutiny and the observation of everyday life, to Rembrandt’s portrayal of light, his experimental techniques, and his engagement with the work of other masters. The book stands as a complete reappraisal of Rembrandt’s later years, which considers the entire range of his output, on panel, canvas and paper.
Accompanies the exhibition Rembrandt: The Late Works at the National Gallery, London, 15 October 2014 – 18 January 2015, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 12 February – 17 May 2015.
Jonathan Bikker is research curator at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where Gregor J.M. Weber works as head of the Department of Fine Arts.
Marjorie E. Wieseman is curator of Dutch and Flemish Painting at the National Gallery, London.
Erik Hinterding, Marijn Schapelhouman and Anna Krekeler all work at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.