The J. Paul Getty Museum

Landscape with the House with the Little Tower

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with the House with the Little Tower

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1651

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash

Object Number:

83.GA.363

Dimensions:

9.7 × 21.4 cm (3 13/16 × 8 7/16 in.)

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Object Description

On his excursions outside of Amsterdam, Rembrandt van Rijn frequently followed the waterways, drawing and later etching these flat Dutch landscapes. Rather than aiming for a detailed reproduction, Rembrandt emphasized only the important elements. He eliminated parts, giving the viewer no more than was necessary to see and feel what he himself saw and felt. Even though this view along the Schinckel River is topographically accurate and scholars have identified the house with the tower, it is Rembrandt's economy of means that makes the drawing enchanting.

Rembrandt suggested space, light, and atmosphere by relying on blank paper and using a few exquisitely placed accents. A delicate wash over fine, short strokes creates a blurred and luminous effect in the mass of trees. A fine dotting technique further animates this area, giving the sense of a slight breeze passing across the treetops. A few broad lines transform the foreground into river and land, and scattered strokes at the lower left embody the rushes and their reflections. Even more subtly, a passage of dots and wash leads into the far distance beyond the house at the left.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Rembrandt's Landscape Prints and Drawings (March 11 to May 20, 1990)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), March 11 to May 20, 1990
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
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
Rembrandt's Journey: Painter, Draftsman, Etcher (October 26, 2003 to May 9, 2004)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 26, 2003 to January 19, 2004
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, February 14 to May 9, 2004
Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference (December 8, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 8, 2009 to February 28, 2010
The Poetry of Paper (July 23 to October 20, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 23 to October 20, 2013
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