A Sailing Boat on a Wide Expanse of Water

Object Details

Title:

A Sailing Boat on a Wide Expanse of Water

Artist/Maker(s):

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 - 1669)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1650

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, on tinted paper

Dimensions:

8.9 x 18.3 cm (3 1/2 x 7 3/16 in.)

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The flatness and broad, horizontal expansiveness of the Dutch landscape is punctuated by a lone sailboat. A gentle breeze blows to the right, agitating the rushes, and filling the sail of the boat. The vista opens to the right where a small peninsula of land, a house, and sensitively rendered architectural forms appear on the horizon.

To the left, a mass of bulrushes balances the composition. In this area, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn modeled the reeds using wash; to simulate nuances of sunlight and shadow, he left portions of the paper blank. The pen strokes are varied, changing from rapid, thin touches to broader strokes that emphasize the marshy area and sailboat.

Provenance

N.A. Flinck

Christie's (London) [sold, Christie's, London, July 3, 1984, lot 60]

Art Market (New York)

1723 - 1724

William Cavendish, second duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729 (Chatsworth), by descent to the 11th duke of Devonshire

Exhibitions
Exhibition of Dutch Art 1450 - 1900 (January 4 to March 9, 1929)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 4 to March 9, 1929, (Cat. by D. Hannema et al. Cat. 606)
Rembrandt Tentoonstelling (July to October 1935)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), July to October, 1935, (Cat. 64)
17th Century Art in Europe (January 3 to March 12, 1938)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 3 to March 12, 1938, (Cat. of drawings by A. E. Popham, et al. 545)
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (1949)
  • Arts Council England, (London), 1949, (Cat. by A.E. Popham, et al. 38)
Drawings by Old Masters (1953)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1953, (Cat. by K.T. Parker and J. Byam Shaw 300)
Rembrandt (Nationalmuseum) (January to April 1956)
  • Nationalmuseum, (Stockholm), January to April, 1956, (Cat. by B. Dahlback and P. Bjurstrom 130)
The Orange and the Rose: Holland and Britian in the Age of Observation, 1600-1750 (October to December 1964)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, (London), October to December, 1964, (Cat. 109)
Rembrandt 1669-1969 (1969)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), 1969, (Cat. by L. C. J. Frerichs and P. Schatborn 94)
"Shock of Recognition": The Landscape of English Romanticism and the Dutch Seventeenth-Century School (November 1970 to February 1971)
  • Mauritshuis, (The Hague), November, 1970 to January, 1971, (Cat. by A. G. H. Bachrach 81)
  • Tate Gallery, (London), January to February, 1971, (Cat. by A. G. H. Bachrach 81)
Treasures from Chatsworth: the Devonshire Inheritance (1979 to 1980)
  • Toledo Museum of Art, (Toledo), 1979 to 1981, (Cat. by A. Blunt at al. 97)
  • San Antonio Museum Association, (San Antonio), 1979 to 1981, (Cat. by A. Blunt at al. 97)
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), 1979 to 1981, (Cat. by A. Blunt at al. 97)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, (New Orleans), 1979 to 1981, (Cat. by A. Blunt at al. 97)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1979 to 1981, (Cat. by A. Blunt at al. 97)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, (Richmond), 1979 to 1981, (Cat. by A. Blunt at al. 97)
Landscape in Perspective Drawings by Rembrandt and his Contemporaries (February 20 to May 29, 1988)
  • Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, (Cambridge), February 20 to April 3, 1988, (Cat. by F. J. Duparc 70)
  • Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, April 15 to May 29, 1988, (Cat. by F. J. Duparc 70)
Dutch Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (August 16 to October 23, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 16 to October 23, 1994, (Cat.)
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998, (Cat.)
The Light of Nature: Landscape Drawings and Watercolors by Van Dyck and His Contemporaries (May 15 to November 28, 1999)
  • Rubenshuis, (Antwerp), May 15 to August 22, 1999, (Cat. by M. Royalton-Kisch, see also pp. 29, 30, 138, 164 53)
  • The British Museum, (London), September 10 to November 28, 1999, (Cat. by M. Royalton-Kisch, see also pp. 29, 30, 138, 164 53)
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001, (Cat.)
Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (May 28 to August 25, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 25, 2002, (Cat.)
Paper Art: Finished Drawings in Holland 1590-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 6 to November 20, 2005, (Cat.)
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010, (Cat.)