Rembrandt was born on July 15, 1606. He was a Dutch Baroque artist. He is regarded as one of the finest storytellers in art history whose works portrayed individuals in many moods and dramatic appearances. Rembrandt was also a master of light and shade, and his uncompromising realism led some detractors to argue that he preferred ugly to beauty.
Rembrandt specialized in portraiture for a while. In his extraordinary career, he painted portraits. The fact that roughly a tenth of his painted and etched work is self-portraits and studies of his own face has sparked much discussion. He painted, engraved, or drew in pen and ink or chalk the biblical, historical, mythical, and allegorical “history pieces” that form the basis of his oeuvre. Rembrandt’s style evolved dramatically during his lifetime. Even within a single piece, his approach to composition and portrayal of space and light, as well as his brushwork and treatment of line and tone (in drawings and etchings), change gradually.
His work known as Night Watch (1640/42) was a stylistic turning point in his career. It should be regarded as evidence of a purposeful search for visual and narrative meaning, sometimes in dialogue with his great predecessors. Rembrandt’s historical paintings, etchings, portraits, and self-portraits soon gained popularity among Dutch art enthusiasts and collectors. Aside from his unique etchings, his drawings, done as practice exercises or sketches for other works, were also treasured by modern art aficionados.
An Artist of Excellences
Rembrandt passes away impoverished and misunderstood on October 4, 1669, in Amsterdam. His worldwide reputation among collectors and enthusiasts grew by leaps and bounds over time. He influenced painters in 18th century Germany and Venice. He was considered a precursor of the Romantic movement and one of the finest personalities in world art history. In the Netherlands, he is considered a symbol of excellence and Dutchness.