REFERENCE: B.195, H. 250, BB. 51-B, NU. 195, B&W. 195, M. 138
Created in 1651 and presumably a lifetime impression, Les Baigneurs (The Bathers) is detailed in Nowell-Usticke State II (of III) impression, with the plate edges evened and corners slightly rounded. No scratches can be found in the sky and the plate has been wiped clean, before the acid and the addition of the letter ‘B’ on the right [Boon & White State II (of II) ; Hind State II (of II) ; Bjorklund State II (of II) ]. Signed and dated within the plate by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (1606 – 1669) in the lower left: ‘Rembrandt f. 1651.’
In this piece, we see three situations or vignettes at play: the first features a pair of subjects in the foreground, seemingly caught in action having just come out of the river after their bath. The second features a simplified form of a character reaching for their wrap or towel that appears to be either hanging or drying, he too has just finished bathing. The third is the most intriguing – in the background is the faint silhouette of someone either waiting or observing the scene before us. He/She is featured in the far distance, however the placement of the figure is central to the composition, secondary to the pair of figures in the foreground.
ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Conservation framed with archival materials to ensure lasting quality, this work is float-mounted in a muted, Spanish-style, black and bronze moulding. The intricately sculpted detail with swirled accents and carved rivets compliments the etched quality of this work. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats featuring a gold-plated name plate with a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.