“An artist in a workshop”, Rembrandt – description of the painting

The moment the artist created the picture is always associated with some kind of sacredness and mystery. Inspiration pushes to search for images, mastery painfully searches for the means of embodiment, and the inner gift brings something new, unique to the canvas that allows you to accurately recognize the style of a particular painter. Many artists painted workshops, themselves or fictional characters at work. Rembrandt has such a picture.

Description of the picture:

The artist in the workshop is Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. Around 1628. Oil on wood. 24.8 x 31.7 cm

The artist, who painted 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 can not see it in detail. Researchers are still arguing who is standing in the background with a wide-brimmed hat and some unexpected ceremonial costume. Some recognize Rembrandt himself in this hero, while others are inclined to believe that one of his students, Gerrit Dow, is depicted on the canvas. There is an opinion that the painting presents the workshop of the author himself, but it has no serious evidence.

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

It is difficult to say that the artist is examining with an appreciative look from the picture – maybe some new brushstroke, or maybe already completed work, but it is quite possible before him is a clean, primed canvas that has only to be filled with images and plot.