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The Three Trees

Print
1643 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The view has been identified as taken near the Diemerdijk, in the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam. This is the largest and finest of Rembrandt's landscape etchings, extraordinarily confidently-worked with direct needle and burin lines. Drawn on one of the artist's many expeditions into the rather flat countryside around the city, here he introduces an intense feeling of drama into the landscape by contrasting the brilliant lights and darks of a sky filled with stormclouds.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Etching and drypoint with burin
Brief Description
Etching, drypoint and burin by Rembrandt van Rijn, 'The Three Trees'. Amsterdam, 1643.
Physical Description
Etching, drypoint and burin depicting a landscape with three trees on the banks of a river.
Dimensions
  • Height: 21.3cm (Note: Taken from V&A Internal Catalogue)
  • Width: 27.9cm (Note: Taken from V&A Internal Catalogue)
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Rembrandt f 1643 (Signed and dated)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides.
Object history
C.A. Ionides Bequest.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
The view has been identified as taken near the Diemerdijk, in the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam. This is the largest and finest of Rembrandt's landscape etchings, extraordinarily confidently-worked with direct needle and burin lines. Drawn on one of the artist's many expeditions into the rather flat countryside around the city, here he introduces an intense feeling of drama into the landscape by contrasting the brilliant lights and darks of a sky filled with stormclouds.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • Taken from V&A Internal Catalogue
  • Bartsch, Adam von. Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt (Vienna, 1797). B.212
  • White, Christopher and Boon, Karel G. Rembrandt's Etchings: An Illustrated Critical Catalogue in Two Volumes, I. Text. (Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co; London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1969).
  • Blanc, Charles, L'oeuvre complet de Rembrandt, décrit et commenté, (Paris, 1859-61).
  • Hind, Arthur M. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. (London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1923).
  • Biörklund George. Rembrandt's Etchings, True and False: A Summary Catalogue in a Distinctive Chronological Order and Completely Illustrated, (Stockholm, London & Paris, 1955) (2nd ed. 1968).
Collection
Accession Number
CAI.610

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record createdMay 5, 2004
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