The Goldweigher's Field
4 13/16 x 12 5/8 in. (12.2 x 32.1 cm)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
(1606 - 1669)
Medium and Support:
Etching and drypoint on wove paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Location: Not currently on view
This landscape is of a real place: the city of Haarlem with the spire of the Grootekerk can be seen at the left and the church tower of Bloemendaal is in the right middle ground. Rembrandt has subtly manipulated the scene into a carefully composed and extended horizontal panorama. He uses diagonal lines to indicate divisions in the fields. Horizontal lines showing property divisions and the woods also serve to slow the viewer’s gaze. The addition of drypoint, or lines scratched in the plate without the use of acid, heightens the contrast between light and shadow.
The title for this print comes from the author of a 1751 catalogue of Rembrandt’s prints. He mistook this landscape for the property of the goldweigher, the Receiver General Jan Uytenbogaert, who was the subject of one of Rembrandt’s portraits. The Goldweigher’s Field actually shows the estate of the merchant Christoffel Thijs, who sold Rembrandt his house in 1639 and to whom Rembrandt was in debt.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]
See general reference to this print in Adam von Bartsch, "Le peintre-graveur," Paris, 1801-21:234; F. W. Hollstein, "Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700," Amsterdam, 1949: B 234; Christopher White and Karel G. Boon's "Rembrandt's Etchings: An Illustrated Critical Catalogue," Amsterdam: Abner Schram, 1969, vol. I, p. 113, B234; in "The Illustrated Bartsch," New York : Abaris Books, (1978- ) vol. 50, p. 192, no. 234; and in Erik Hinterding's "Rembrandt as an Etcher," Ouderkerk aan den IJssel : Sound & Vision, 2006, vol. II, pp. 308-309.
François Debois; Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, New York; their gift to the Gallery in 1987
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Article Scope: Entry and reproduction.
Candace J. Adelson, ed.
For the Enjoyment of Art: Gifts of Dr. and Mrs. James Lockhart, Jr..
Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 1995.
Article Author: Barryte, Bernard.
Article Title: Gallery Announces Major Acquisitions of European Art.
Article Scope: Article and reproduction.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Issue Date: July-August 1988.
Page Number: 6-8
Article Author: Washburn, Gordon Bailey, and Robert McDonald.
Article Title: The James Lockhart Collection of Prints and Drawings.
Article Scope: Mention.
Pittsburgh, PA: The Carnegie Institute
Volume Number: XXXII,
Issue Number: 2.
Issue Date: February 1958.
Page Number: 42
Article Scope: Mention.
Magnum Opus: The Story of the Memorial Art Gallery, 1913-1988.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1988.
Nancy E. Green.
For the Enjoyment of Art: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr. at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1996.
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