An individual, who has the love and passion for the Arts, would surely enjoy collecting paintings and hang them on the wall. Most of these people have pieces of Arts at home. You can usually find them in the living room, dining room, bedroom and hallway of the house. They say that, if you love buying paintings, then you are rich because a masterpiece costs hundreds and thousands of dollars and you can even buy some for millions. Well, those paintings are usually painted by the most popular and great painters from centuries ago.
In fact, those paintings are not easy to find and you will need to get them from different countries, especially where the painter originated. But, today’s technology has made the search for great paintings in auction and for sale. That is, through the help of online galleries. You may click here to find some of the oil paintings from notable artists like Rembrandt.
You must be asking why someone would buy paintings from Rembrandt. But, his works are great and someone, who is deeply in love with Arts would surely want to have one of his paintings. Anyway, it would be best, if we would look deeper about Rembrandt, his paintings and his style.
Who is Rembrandt Van Rijn?
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born in 1606 in the Netherlands, which is formerly known as Dutch Republic. Click this site to find out more about the former name of his country. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 63 in the same country. Rembrandt was actually considered as an important artist in the history of Arts in Netherlands. He was even noted as one of the remarkable visual artist during his time.
At the age of 14, his inclination for painting was seen greatly, so he spent 3 years with Jacob van Swanenburgh, who is also a painter. After that, he became an apprentice of Pieter Lastman and later on, took place a workshop until he have decided to have a studio with Jan Lievens. They also taught some students like Gerrit Dou.
Sometime in 1629, Constantijn Huygens discovered Rembrandt. Since this person has connections with highly respected personalities, Rembrandt earned customers and one of them is Frederik Hendrik, who is a prince. In 1631, he moved to Netherlands to practice his profession as a portraitist and later on, got married there with Saskia van Uylenburgh. They had four children, but three of them died at a very early infant stage. Before, he died, he was able to paint his son Titus. You may go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/8574668/Masterpiece-of-the-month-Titus-van-Rijn-in-a-Monks-Habit.html to see how he looks at the painting.
His style in painting
We all know that every painter has his own style. It is through this style that makes an artist unique. Of course, this is one of the things that would make the new generation or his followers define or describe him and his works.
According to those, who have investigated his work, Rembrandt do not often use blue as well as green pigments in his paintings. He even has a painting, containing a gamboge. Most of the pigments used are lead white, charcoal black, ochres and bone black to name a few.
Why do people investigate on a painter’s palette or painting or style, anyway? In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this as long as they can maintain the original painting and has no intentions of destroying or sabotaging it. And then, if they are doing this to check how authentic a painting is, then it would be fine.
Famous Works of Rembrandt
Rembrandt painted more than 300 pieces of arts and they all depict real emotions, using lights and shadows. He is indeed a great Dutch artist and that is the reason why a lot of painters have copied his style and his paintings. Anyway, one of the most popular paintings of Rembrandt is a 1642 painting called, The Night Watch, which is a painting about the mercenaries or soldiers with Lt. Willem van Ruytenburgh and Capt. Frans Banning Cocq.
Another one is the 1633 painting called, the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, which depicts Jesus, performing a miracle. This was a time when there was a storm and Jesus calmed it down. This actually the only painting of Rembrandt in a sea theme. But, thieves stole it in Boston when the painting was at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Some of his paintings were also stolen, such as the Gentleman in Black and the Portrait of a Lady.
And then, we also have his self-portrait with two circles. In this portrait, he was holding his brushes, maulstick and palette. People have different opinions about the meaning of the circles on the background. But, only Rembrandt can tell us what those two circles really mean. By the way, I have here a good source for you to see his paintings.