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Circle of REMBRANDT HARMENSZOON VAN RIJN (Dutch 1606-1669)
Isaac Blessing Jacob
Oil on canvas
50.5 inches x 65.3 inches (128.3 cm x 165.7 cm)
$30,000 - 50,000
€ 22,200 - 37,000
Anonymous Sale, Christie’s, New York, 31 May 1990, Lot 130; Christie’s, New York, 7 June 2002, Lot 97 for $65,725; Private Midwest Collection
It is frustrating to encounter such a poignant and technically accomplished work, yet to be unable to give due credit to the artist, but the present painting offers just such a mystery. This rendering of Isaac Blessing Jacob is clearly the work of a master with an intimate awareness of the work of Rembrandt Van Rijn. The author of the present work was evidently aware of Rembrandt’s painting, A Woman Waiting in Bed (1644) National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburg, as the lace pattern on the pillow’s edge appears to be identical to the pillow in the aforementioned painting. The present painting, of course, also shares many similarities to the composition of the same subject executed by Rembrandt pupil Govert Teuniszoon Flinck (1615-1660) dated to 1638 and which is held in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. There is also a steel engraving (circa 1845) by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812-Leipsic 1902) which depicts a somewhat similar rendering of the same subject as the offered lot including, most notably, the arrow-filled quiver worn by Jacob and which is ascribed to another Rembrandt pupil, Jan Lievens (1607-1674) and identified (printed in the margin) as being in a Berlin Museum.
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