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The Goldweigher's Field

4 13/16 x 12 5/8 in. (12.2 x 32.1 cm)

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Netherlands (Leiden, 1606 - 1669, Amsterdam)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint on wove paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Accession Number: 1987.63
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Lockhart Collection

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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