Beggar Man and a Beggar Woman Conversing (1630)


Etching 1630
Framed in handmade water gilt as pictured

29cm x 24.5cm in the frame


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Usticke’s second state (e) (of 3), with the horizontal scratch between the man’s hand and the woman’s hip. A very good, evenly-printed impression with strong contrasts.

The two beggars represented on this plate, which is among Rembrandt’s earliest etched compositions with a pair of peasant figures, bear a striking resemblance to the beggar man and woman on his early Sheet of Studies, etching, circa 1632. Bartsch 164; Biörklund 30-A; Hollstein (White and Boon) 164.

Marvellous as Rembrandt’s paintings are, I find more of his thoughts on human life – certainly his deepest and most intimate thoughts – in his drawings and etchings. His etchings are the fullest communication any artist has made since Durer’s engravings.

 Kenneth Clark in Ep.8 The Light of Experience, Civilisation (1969)