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Rembrandt, famous Rembrandt paintings and biography

Rembrandt (1606-1669) was one of the most famous artists who ever lived, and also one of the most hard-working. He painted at least 600 paintings, made several thousand drawings, and many etchings. His full name was Rembrandt Hermenszoon van Rijn, and he was born at Leyden, in the Netherlands. His father wanted him to enter some learned profession, but he was determined to become a painter, and by the time he was 20, was already making a name for himself. He was particularly fascinated by effects of light and shade, and liked to paint naturalistic scenes of ordinary life. In his sketchbook were drawings ranging from a grandfather teaching his grandson to walk, to those of some old tramp sunning himself. However, he also did religious paintings, landscapes, and many portraits of himself and his family. In 1632 Rembrandt's fame was growing. He moved to Amsterdam, and became a favorite portrait painter there. His first great picture, The Anatomy Lesson, was painted at this time. It portrays his friend, Dr Tulp, lecturing to other doctors.

The Painter in Later Age - Famous Rembrandt paintings

Jewish Merchant - Famous Rembrandt paintings

Famous Rembrandt paintings

Self portrait, "The Painter in Later Age". Rembrandt exhibits in his portraits a deep knowledge of human nature. The thoughts and feelings behind each face, whether his own or someone else's, are clearly revealed.

Famous Rembrandt paintings

Jewish Merchant

In 1634 he married Saskia van Uylen-borch, and they had one son, Titus. Rembrandt painted several beautiful portraits of his wife and son. From the time of his marriage until 1641, he was prosperous and popular. He bought a large house which he filled with works of art.

In 1641 the Civic Guards of Amsterdam asked him to paint a portrait of their company on parade. They expected a straight-forward group, but Rembrandt produced a wonderfully natural and lively painting, full of light and shade, showing up their richly colored uniforms. The Civic Guards were very annoyed because their faces were half-hidden and indistinct. Rembrandt refused to alter the painting into a conventional group, and he became less popular, and began to lose money. To add to his troubles, his wife died in 1642, and he was forced to sell his house and treasures. His servant, Hendrickje Stoffels, who had looked after him since his wife died, set up an art dealer's business with Rembrandt's son. With their help he was able to continue painting until the early 1660s, when his sight began to fail. More facts about famous Rembrandt paintings and his biography you can find at this page, for example 

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