Friday, November 03, 2006
Before I left Paris I managed to squeeze in a couple more exhibitions. To celebrate the 400 years since Rembrandt's death Paris is hosting several shows in honour of the great Dutch master, of which these two are the main ones. REMBRANDT:dessinateur at the Louvre is a collection of original sketches, drawings & studies, including those made for the 'hundred guilder' print. To get this close to the master is always inspiring & to be able to study his work up close is enlightening. There are many in-jokes & references to be found & he seemed to love including dogs as often as possible!
The second show, Rembrandt:Eaux-Fortes, is at the Petit Palais.
On display are scores of prints & engravings made throughout his life. Many are no bigger than a postage stamp & look like they've been etched with a needle. Extremely fine artistry & bravura draughtsmanship in both shows. I couldn't make it to Holland this year to view the special celebratory exhibitions but these two shows in Paris are a fine alternative.