The J. Paul Getty Museum

A Sailing Boat on a Wide Expanse of Water

Object Details

Title:

A Sailing Boat on a Wide Expanse of Water

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1650

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash on tinted paper

Object Number:

85.GA.94

Dimensions:

8.9 × 18.3 cm (3 1/2 × 7 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

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
Provenance
1723

Nicolaes Anthoni Flinck (L.959), Dutch, 1646 - 1723, sold to William Cavendish, second duke of Devonshire, 1723.

1723-1729

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729 (Chatsworth), by inheritance to his son William Cavendish, third duke of Devonshire, 1729.

1729-1755

William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire, English, 1698 - 1755 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William Cavendish, fourth duke of Devonshire, 1755.

1755-1764

William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, 1720 - 1764 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire, 1764.

1764-1811

William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, 1748 - 1811 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William George Spencer Cavendish, sixth duke of Devonshire, 1811.

1811-1858

William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, 1790 - 1858 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his cousin William Cavendish, seventh duke of Devonshire, 1858.

1858-1891

William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, 1808 - 1891 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son Spencer Compton Cavendish, eighth duke of Devonshire, 1891.

1891-1908

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, 1833 - 1908 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his nephew Victor Christian William Cavendish, ninth duke of Devonshire, 1908.

1908-1938

Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, 1868 - 1938 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son Edward William Spencer Cavendish, tenth duke of Devonshire, 1938.

1938-1950

Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire, 1895 - 1950 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, eleventh duke of Devonshire, 1950.

1950-1984

Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, 1920 - 2004 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England) [sold, Old Master Drawings of Chatsworth, Christie's, London, July 3, 1984, lot 60 to private dealer]

1984-1985

Private Dealer (New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1450 - 1900 (January 4 to March 9, 1929)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 4 to March 9, 1929
Rembrandt Tentoonstelling (July to October 1935)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), July to October 1935
17th Century Art in Europe (January 3 to March 12, 1938)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 3 to March 12, 1938
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (1949)
  • Arts Council England (London), 1949
Drawings by Old Masters (1953)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1953
Rembrandt (Nationalmuseum) (January to April 1956)
  • Nationalmuseum (Stockholm), January to April 1956
The Orange and the Rose: Holland and Britian in the Age of Observation, 1600-1750 (October 22 to December 13, 1964)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (London), October 22 to December 13, 1964
Rembrandt 1669-1969 (1969)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), 1969
Schok der Herkenning: Het Engelse landschap der Romantiek en zijn Hollandse Inspiratie / "Shock of Recognition": The Landscape of English Romanticism and the Dutch Seventeenth-Century School (November 24, 1970 to February 28, 1971)
  • Mauritshuis (The Hague), November 24, 1970 to January 10, 1971
  • Tate Gallery (London), January 23 to February 28, 1971
Treasures from Chatsworth: The Devonshire Inheritance (1979 to 1981)
  • 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)
  • Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University (Cambridge), February 20 to April 3, 1988
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal), April 15 to May 29, 1988
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
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
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
  • The British Museum (London), September 10 to November 28, 1999
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
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
Paper Art: Collecting Drawings in Holland, 1600-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • 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)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (July 24 to October 28, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 24 to October 28, 2018