Rembrandt | Portraits / Self-portraits | Drawing


  • "Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses".
  • "I envy the poet. He is encouraged toward drunkenness and wallows with nubile wenches while the painter must endure wretchedness and pain for his art".
  • "But his faith is a faith that to him is real, and it is a faith, in my judgement, that sustained him through the hard times in his life".
  • "For in these two paintings the greatest and most natural movement has been expressed, which is also the main reason why they have taken so long to execute".
  • "Of course you will say that I ought to be practical and ought to try and paint the way they want me to paint. Well, I will tell you a secret. I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can't do it. I just can't do it! And that is why I am just a little crazy".
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (15 July 1606 - 4 October 1669)





























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