A Follower of Harmensz. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

An Old Warrior

Holland, the 1650s

Oil on canvas

74.7 x 64.6 cm

This painting was purchased as a Rembrandt at a time when the role of his studio was little understood.  The confusion was reinforced by a false signature and date, since removed.

The painting certainly reflects Rembrandt’s style of the 1650s with its rich palette and bold brushwork and his interest in the physiognomy of old men.  However, it lacks the emotional intensity of the master’s authentic work and it is now thought to be by one of his many talented pupils.

Purchased 1941 (No.41.7)

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9 February 2021