#OnThisDay 411 years ago Rembrandt van Rijn was born!
Vincent: ‘Rembrandt could do something else - when he didn’t have to be true in the literal sense, as he did in a portrait - when he could - make poetry - be a poet, that’s to say Creator. That’s what he is in the Jewish bride.’
The intimacy of the double portrait appealed to Vincent, and he was probably also pleased by Rembrandt’s use of coarse brushstrokes – a way of painting that saw him tear up the rulebook on how one was expected to paint in the 17th century. Two centuries later, Van Gogh would follow in Rembrandt’s footsteps.
The Jewish Bride, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Rijksmuseum
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