Lot 141: REMBRANDT VAN RIJN The Pancake Woman.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
The Pancake Woman.
Etching and drypoint, 1635. 109x78 mm; 4 1/4x3 1/8 inches, thread margins. Biörklund's third state (of 5); Usticke's second state (e) (of 6); White and Boon's second state (of 3); New Hollstein second state (of 7). A very good, dark and well-inked impression with strong contrasts, before the Basan editions.
According to Luijten, "Three pancakes are spread out in the flat-bottomed pan, and judging by the impatience with which the assembled youth are clamoring for them, the cook will have to keep the fire ablaze for some time yet. Rembrandt did not depart from the traditional images of pancake-making; since Pieter Brugel the Elder the emphasis had been on the enthusiasm with which children, in particular, devoured the delicacies. Rembrandt presents us with a scene from everyday life, including keenly observed details such as the child on the right that gazes thoughtfully into the frying pan, the plump toddler in the foreground holding its portion out of reach of an importunate dog, and the lad behind the pancake woman who shows some coins in the hope of gaining preferential treatment," (Luijten/Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, London, 2000, p. 152). Bartsch 124; Biörklund 35-I; Hollstein (White and Boon) 124.