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Two men in discussion
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Two men in discussion


Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 - 1669)

Quill and reed pen in brown ink with corrections in white bodycolour (darkened) on laid paper

Width: 18.5 cm; Height: 22.9 cm;

Inscribed by the artist in pen and brown ink, lower margin centre & recto, part of 't' missing, Rembrand f 1641 //

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

About this work
The date and signature at the bottom of this sheet makes it one of the few drawings securely attributed to Rembrandt. The men’s vaguely exotic attire may be inspired by fantasy or by the costumes of the foreign merchants who were a common sight in seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The fluidity of the flexible quill pen is combined with the atmospheric effect achieved with the heavier reed pen. Rembrandt used the reed pen to rework the outlines of the bearded figure, making it more prominent. (Permanent collection label)

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

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