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Study for the painting "A Girl at a Window", of 1645
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Study for the painting "A Girl at a Window", of 1645

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 - 1669)

Graphite on paper

Width: 6.5 cm; Height: 8.3 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This informal life-drawing of a girl leaning forward and gazing directly at the viewer is related to A Girl at a Window from 1645 (Dulwich Picture Gallery). The different position of the arms indicates that this study does not derive from the painting but was produced in its development. The drawing gains much of its impact from the resourceful contrast between its tiny format and the relatively broad sketchy strokes, resulting from Rembrandt’s use of chalk to allow subtle gradual modelling. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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