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