Monday, July 12, 2010

A Young Woman Sleeping

You must hopefully know by now that I'm not just a fanboy for the panel arts, but a fanboy for art of the ages. As a teen student at the Art Institute of Chicago, I was enamored of Rembrandt and would visit his art daily at lunchtime. His published etchings and drawings were a constant source of inspiration. His 1654 sketch of Hendrickje Stoffels, below, never ceases to impress me for its qualities of light and mood, spontaneously accomplished with the few simple bold strokes of a brush with brown wash.


4 comments:

Sam Gilmore said...

It would probably take me hours and hours to come up with this. Simple and beautiful.

M. D. Jackson said...

That is so simple and beautiful it actually hurts.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Ah, connoisseurs.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine somebody actually sleeping in that position? Rembrandt was a wonderful worker with ink, but I think the curators who name this type of work are so tone-deaf you must imagine that they don't actually like art, they just enjoy cataloguing it.