“The Artist in the Workshop,” Rembrandt – a description of the picture

“The Artist in the Workshop,” Rembrandt – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Year: Around 1628

Description of the picture :

The artist in the workshop is Rembrandt Harmens van Rhine. Around 1628. Wood, butter. 24.8 x 31.7 cm

   The moment of creating the picture by the artist is always associated with some kind of sacredness and mystery. Inspiration pushes to search for images, skill painfully seeks means of embodiment, and the inner gift brings to the canvas something new, unique, allowing you to accurately recognize the style of a painter. Many artists wrote workshops, themselves or fictional heroes at work. Rembrandt has such a picture.

   An artist who wrote a lot of faces and how they change under the influence of various emotions, this time pushed his hero deep into the picture – the viewer cannot see it in detail. Until now, researchers are arguing who is standing in the background in a hat with wide fields and some unexpected ceremonial costume. Some will recognize Rembrandt himself in this hero, while others tend to believe that one of his students, Gerrit Dow, is depicted on the canvas. It is believed that the picture presents the workshop of the author himself, but it does not have serious evidence.

   But is man here the main character? Definitely not! The most monumental and important detail on the canvas is the easel. He stands thoroughly and widely on the floor, occupying most of the picture. Rembrandt turns the prayer book with a canvas from the viewer, excluding him from participating in the picture, even the artist does not look at us – his gaze is turned only to the canvas. Here we see a dialogue: the artist and the easel “speak” with each other, and the viewer only got a chance to peek at this mysterious and intimate moment a little.

   It is difficult to say that the artist is studying with a picture with an assessment look – there may be some new smear, or maybe already completed work, and it is quite possible in front of him a clean loaded canvas, which is just to be filled with images and a plot.