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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669)
The Three Trees
Etching, with drypoint and burin
7 15/16 x 11 inches (213 x 279 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924; B. 212, RvR 299
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This is Rembrandt's largest and most ambitious landscape etching. The scene conveys nature's capricious power over man. The fisherman and his companion at left, the lovers in the bush at right, the farmer with horse and buggy, and the little artist sketching on a hill at right will soon be engulfed by the impending storm. The print, complex in conception and execution—it combines etching, drypoint, and engraving—approximates the theatrical language of Rembrandt's most dramatic paintings.

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