BIOGRAPHY OF REMBRANDT Full name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn Born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands Died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam, Netherlands (at an age on 63) He is a Dutch printer and painter He is the 9th child born to Gerristzoon van Rijn and Neeltgen WillemsDochter van Zuytbrouck He is married Saskia van Uylenburgh, in 1634
HIS ART His movement was the Dutch Baroque His art works are realistic He has a keen grasp of depth and he is good at creating the background , which is an aspect of is talent for realism in his image details He is a detailed painter. You can see the intricate detail on the face, clothing, tools, animals, and inanimate objects in his paintings.
He achieved youthful success as a portrait painter His later years were marked by a personal tragedy and his financial hardships He became a painter/printer when the Dutch masters went beyondrenaissance to the Dutch baroque movement He also painted at a tome when the Netherlands was breaking free from theEuropean tradition of painting on commission One of his paintings included a flee market for artist to sell their own self-selected projects Portraits were important components to his art work And he has made around 50-60 portraits of himself.
The personal tragedy that occurred in his life was the death of 3 of 4of his infant children, and then the death of his wife. Some of his paintings were then more focused on some of his biblicalinterpretations, some painting on his surrounding and portraits. He is also good at painting emotions in his paintings. Most of his painting have the same color scheme. When he painted his landscapes after his tragedy they became less andless lively and more sober.
This self portrait by Rembrandt has a lot of texture. He uses heavybrush strokes and you can see most of the lines he used in differentcolors, this make him look older and make the texture pop. The sharp detail in the eyes would tend to draw your eyes towards it. The shadows by his neck emphasizes the whole face. Since he is a realistic painter I think that the proportions of the face isthe way it would be in reality. The colors for the background are kind of darker than the ones on theface highlighting it. I think that in this picture you can some vulnerability and sadness inhis eyes and tiredness in the lines of his face.
I think that Rembrandt portraits show a depth and realistic aspectto them. As they went older and older you could see more and more thedeep sadness in his eyes and you could see the difference in eachportrait. In always had an emphasis in the eyes and would draw you to thatpart because of the details he used.
QUOTE ”Try to put well in practice what you already know. In so doing,you will, in good time, discover the hidden things you now inquireabout.” • Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
WHAT I LEARNT During my research on this artist, I learnt a lot on how yourexperiences can change you and the tings you do Because of the death of his family, the once lively painter becameless lively. Although he still retained many of his great artistic qualitiesand technique, the depth and emotions in the paintings changed.