Rembrandt’s paintings are true masterpieces by a very driven and outstanding artist. Rembrandt was one of the best-known Dutch painters, known for his refined but also his rough techniques. Some earlier classical paintings are detailed down to the slightest nuances and, especially in his later period, he employed a very rough and loose technique. The reproductions of old masters that I paint are made using the same 17th century painting techniques as he used, insofar as they are known.
Brief biography of Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden on 15 July 1606, and he died in Amsterdam on 04 October 1669. Rembrandt is considered to be the most important Dutch master of the 17th century. He was born as the son of a miller and was apprenticed to the painter Van Swanenburgh in Leiden. He opened his own atelier in 1625. A few years later, Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam and married Saskia van Uylenburgh. Four children were born of this marriage, but only his son Titus was born alive. Saskia died in 1642. In 1654, Rembrandt received a daughter by his mistress Hendrickje Stoffels. She was named Cornelia.
Rembrandt considered himself to be a history and portrait painter. Art historians categorise his paintwork into five periods. In the years after 1631, Rembrandt developed his painting style further, applying more contrasts and the employment of light in his paintings. After 1650, his brush strokes also became more visible and he used richer colours. After 1660, he made many portrait paintings and etched self-portraits. These give a remarkable picture of his outward appearance and feelings. He often portrayed both his wife Saskia, his son Titus and his housekeepers Geertje and Hendrikje in his paintings and they function as models for historical, Biblical or mythological figures.
Apart from good times, in his last years, Rembrandt also experienced poverty and in 1658, his possessions, drawings and paintings were auctioned. He is considered one of the greatest etchers and painters in European art. (Source: Wikipedia)
Rembrandt paintings continue to be very popular with art enthusiasts who like famous painters. Various different copies are available of famous paintings by Rembrandt, which have unfortunately been made in haste and without any knowledge of the craft. In the past, painters were members of a guild and they were only allowed to call themselves ‘Master Painter’ after years of apprenticeship. Of course, the quality of the above-mentioned quick copies cannot be compared with their masterpieces.
An intensive study of painting techniques and materials is essential in order to create a high quality Rembrandt reproduction. Painting techniques such as working partially opaque and partially transparent by means of so-called glaze. Not only do I master these techniques, but I also produce the first ground or preparation layers myself according to the old recipes from the time of Rembrandt, using animal glues and self-made varnish to finish off. My Rembrandt reproductions can hardly be distinguished from the original. The result finds its way at home and abroad.
Rembrandt reproduction detail
Rembrandt painting on commission
My expertise is the creation of good reproductions of Rembrandt paintings and his contemporaries. My handmade oil paint paintings of Rembrandt are consequently in high demand. After a very elaborate study and several visits to the original (if possible), I start on the initial preparations with true passion and appreciation for this old master.
On confirmation of your commission for a Rembrandt reproduction, I will record all the terms of delivery and the total costs together with you in an agreement. It costs a lot of time and effort to create a high quality reproduction, so take account of a delivery time of several months.
Are you interested in an authentic Rembrandt painting?
Many of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings hang in museums and are not for sale. A reproduction is a good alternative, provided it is of very high quality.
If you are interested in having a high quality copy of an old master artwork painted by me, then please contact me.