Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Etching, drypoint, and engraving on japan paper
Plate: 3 3/16 × 6 1/4 in. (8.1 × 15.9 cm)
Sheet: 3 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (9.5 x 17.1 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
The so-called "Negress" Lying Down is one of Rembrandt's most beautiful and understated works. The dark and rich tones that engulf the figure inspired the title given to the print in the eighteenth century. Rembrandt made this print late in his career, by which time he had begun to create remarkable painterly effects never before seen in printmaking, with combinations of velvety drypoint lines, films of ink left on the printing plate, and variously colored papers. This impression was printed on golden toned Japanese paper, which brings an underlying warmth to the dark image.
"Negress" Lying Down
Marking: Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Lugt 1227), verso, lower center
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (British, London 1818–1910 Bramdean, Hampshire); his sale, Sotheby's, London, June 15–19, 1891, lot 465; H. O. Havemeyer; Louisine W. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 21, 1995–November 26, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 4, 2011–June 12, 2011.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.
Hind 299 II; Bartsch 205 II; NH(Rembrandt).II.295.308 ii
The New Hollstein German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts 1400-1700. Amsterdam, 1998, cat. no. (Rembrandt).II.295.308 ii, p. 295.