Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) is definitely one of the greatest painters in European history. His contributions in portraying human emotions and natural movement in his paintings occured during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. Our collection includes most all of his most reknown works including several self portraits, ""Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp"", ""The Jewish Bride"", ""The Night Watch"", ""Portrait of a Lady with an Ostrich-Feather Fan"" and ""Syndics of the Drapers' Guild

Patterns Included In This Set:


The Night Watch

Self Portrait

Scene of the Prodigal Son in the Tavern


The Anatomy Lecture of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp


Supper at Emmaus


Jan Six

Portrait of a Lady with an Ostrich Feather Fan

The Syndics of the Clothmakers' Guild


Self Portrait

The Return of the Prodigal Son

Saskia at Her Toilet


Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul

Self Portrait

Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee


Philosopher in Meditation

Jewish Bride

Hendrickje Bathing in a River

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) is regarded as the greatest artist of Hollandís Golden Age and one of the most important in European art. A prolific painter, draftsman and etcher, his portraits and artistic interpretations of the Bible remain unique. By the end of his life, Rembrandt had produced over 600 paintings (including nearly 100 self-portraits), around 400 etchings, and 2,000 drawings.

Rembrandt was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, the fifth son of a miller. Despite coming from a relatively modest family, his parents attached great importance to education, and Rembrandt began his studies at the Latin School. At the age of 14, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden. But the program did not interest him, and he soon left to study art first, a three-year apprenticeship with a local master, Jacob van Swanenburgh, and then, in Amsterdam, with Pieter Lastman, a local master known for his historical paintings.

Under Lastmanís tuition, Rembrandt became exposed to works of Caravaggio and the Italian masters. His interest in religious and mythological subjects was most likely a result of Lastmanís influence. After six months, and having mastered everything he had been taught, Rembrandt returned to Leiden, where he was soon so highly regarded that, although barely 22 years old, he took his first pupils.

In 1631 Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam and settled there permanently. He became a leading portrait painter and received many commissions for portraits as well as for paintings of religious subjects. His works were characterized by his mastery of chiaroscuro - the theatrical use of light and shadow. He used luxuriant brushwork and rich colors, generous flesh tones, and a lively presentation of subjects that lacked the formality favored by his contemporaries.

Of all the Baroque masters, it was Rembrandt who evolved the most revolutionary technique. By the mid 1630s he had abandoned the conventional Dutch smoothness and his surfaces were thick with paint. From the Venetians he learned to use a brown ground but despite a palette that was limited even by 17th century standards, he was renowned as a colorist, combining tones of light and shade with vibrant colors.

In 1634 Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburg, the beautiful cousin of a successful art dealer and the model for many of his paintings. He was, by then, a wealthy, respected citizen, and in 1639 he purchased a large house (now the Rembrandt House Museum) in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam. This was the period in which he painted masterpieces such as 'The Blinding of Samson', and his most celebrated painting 'The Night Watch', a group portrait of one of the cityís militia companies. His studio was filled with pupils.

Rembrandtís family life however was not so successful. Saskia died in 1642, a year after the birth of their son, Titus. His affections then turned to his housekeeper, Hendrickje Stoffels, who modeled for him and bore him a daughter. And despite his financial success, Rembrandt lived expensively, and was declared bankrupt in 1656. He was forced to sell most of his paintings as well as his house and printing press. Eventually, he opened an art shop with Hendrickje and Titus.

Rembrandtís new poverty had little effect on the quality of his work however, even if they did become more somber. Some of the great paintings from this period are 'The Jewish Bride', 'Bathsheba', and 'Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph'.

Rembrandt outlived both Hendrickje and his son, and was buried in an unmarked grave in the vicinity of Amsterdam, in 1669.

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Frederic Sackrider Remington (October 4, 1861 - December 26, 1909) was a highly successful painter and illustrator who specialized in scenes of the American West. His images of cowboys, Indians and military scenes were distributed by Harper's Weekly and Collier's, displayed in exhibitions, were popular with Cavalry officers and won him a friendship with the future President Theodore Roosevelt. He became one of the most successful and iconic painters of the Old West.

Remington was born in Canton, New York in 1861. His mother's family had immigrated from Alsace-Lorraine on the Franco-Prussian border and owned a series of hardware stores. His father's family had reached America from England in 1637, and his father himself served as a colonel in the Civil War, and worked as a newspaper editor and postmaster.

Remington, however, was not the best student as a child. He enjoyed outdoor sports such as hunting, riding and camping, but his math was too poor to attend West Point, a disappointment for his father. Nonetheless, when Remington was 11, the family moved to Ogdensburg, New York, and Remington attended Vermont Episcopal Institute, a church-run military school. He took his first drawing lessons there before transferring to another military school where he developed an ambition to become a journalist, doing art for pleasure. He eventually studied at Yale's art school, the only man in the freshman class.

Even at college though, Remington found himself drawn more towards football and boxing than still life and formal art training. His first published illustration appeared in the student newspaper, Yale Courant, and depicted a bandaged football player. In 1879, Remington stopped studying to look after his sick father, who died a year later. There then followed several years in which he burned through his inheritance in youthful Western adventures. At the age of nineteen, Remington traveled to Montana to look into buying a cattle operation, or a mining interest. He did neither but he did get to see the prairies, the buffalo and battles between the U.S. Cavalry and Native Americans. Harper's Weekly gave him his first commercial publication, printing a sketch that he had submitted.

Remington moved on to Kansas where he bought a ranch and worked as a "holiday stockman" before discovering that cowboy work was hard and dull. After failing to build a hardware store, he returned home, married Eva Caten, and opened a saloon in Kansas City where he also sketched the regulars. The business did poorly, his wife left, and eventually Remington returned to Brooklyn. Reunited with his wife, he studied at the Art Students League of New York, drawing on his experience to submit images of the West to Collier's and Harper's Weekly. On January 9, 1886, Harper's gave him his first cover and later that year sent him to Arizona as an artist-correspondent reporting on the war against Geronimo. The publication then sent him to cover the South Carolina earthquake. It was his first year as a commercial artist, and he had earned $1,200, a good sum for those days.

Remington began adding watercolor to his sketches and to sell his work at art exhibitions. His oil painting Return of the Blackfoot War Party was exhibited at the National Academy of Design and he won a medal at the Paris Exposition. In 1887, Theodore Roosevelt asked him to produce 83 illustrations for his book "Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail" and three years later, his first one-man show at the American Art Galleries was a big success. Western Army officers invited him to paint their field portraits, which he did with a photographic quality.

Remington spent much of the 1890s traveling around the US and Mexico, but by now, his celebrity made him a frequent visitor at banquets and stag dinners, and obesity was becoming a problem. In 1898, he illustrated scenes of the Spanish-American War for the New York Journal, creating Scream of the Shrapnel, which focused on the troops rather than the Generals.

In 1908, with a financial crisis weakening art sales and his images out of fashion, he moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut and created works that showed the influence of Impressionism. He died following an emergency appendectomy on December 26, 1909, leaving behind a collection of naturalistic images that became part of the way the West was remembered.

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