10 May – 29 June 2014
Rembrandt has always exerted great influence on printmakers—in his own time and down through the centuries to the present day. The Rembrandt House Museum celebrates this legacy by staging occasional exhibitions of work by modern printmakers who have been inspired by Rembrandt’s example. This year the honour goes to the Italian etcher Livio Ceschin, a selection of whose works can be seen in the Rembrandt House from 10 May to 29 June 2014.
As a printmaker Rembrandt played a major role in the development of etching. He also experimented by combining graphic techniques and making his prints on different types of paper, and his work has inspired generations of artists. Rembrandt’s etched works are of great importance to the Italian artist Livio Ceschin (1962, Pieve di Soligo). Ceschin’s earliest etchings were executed after examples by his illustrious predecessor. One of his first prints is a faithful copy of a Rembrandt etching. Like Rembrandt, Ceschin is fond of depicting landscapes. His work displays extraordinary technical skill and supreme mastery of the technique. He also uses other printmaking techniques, like drypoint and aquatint, often in combination. Sometimes Ceschin prints his etchings on coloured paper to produce a painterly effect.
In the seventeenth century it was chiefly Netherlandish printmakers—Rembrandt in the forefront—who pictured their own landscape. Ceschin works in this tradition. Most of his prints are views of the marshy lagoon landscape around Venice, the area where he grew up and where he still lives. His works—some of which are remarkably large—attest to a deep respect for the beauty and grandeur of nature. The dedication that shines through Ceschin’s craftsmanship enhances the poetic eloquence of his work. Devoid of any human presence, Ceschin’s landscapes often convey a strong sense of melancholy.
Livio Ceschin’s work has never been seen in the Netherlands before. Some fifty of his prints will be exhibited in the Rembrandt House for two months and visitors to the museum will be able to see the artist making a new print.