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Self-Portrait Open Mouthed, as if Shouting: Bust

Rembrandt Van Rijn
Self-Portrait Open Mouthed, as if Shouting: Bust

An original Rembrandt Van Rijn etching.


Original etching printed in black ink on laid paper

A clear and clean 17th century impression of Bartsch, Hind, Biorklund-Barnard, Usticke and New Hollstein’s third and final state of this extremely rare etching (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a very scarce portrait”, and assigned his scarcity ratingn of “RR-” [50-75 impressions extant in that year]), printed after the removal of the diagonal scratch from the upper right corner of the plate.

Catalog: Bartsch 13 iii/iii; Hind 31 iii/iii; Biorklund-Barnard 30-N iii/iii; Usticke 13 iii/iii; New Hollstein 67 iii/iii.

The usual title of this little etching – one of the studies in which Rembrandt portrayed himself with different expressions – leaves unresolved the question of which emotion is intended here. Nonetheless it is quite clear that he is shouting out with a face contracted in pain. The harsh lighting emphasizes the open mouth, wrinkled forehead and the frowning brows.

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