Here we see a lovely rural scene by Rembrandt. The house amongst the trees is probably ‘Het Torentje’, a country estate on the road to Amstelveen. This is one of the few prints by Rembrandt to feature a cloudy sky. The plate has furthermore been printed with plate tone: a certain amount of ink has been left on the flat areas of the plate. This gives the effect of a grey wash over the whole print.
Rembrandt produced many of his prints in several states (different stages if a work on an etching plate, printed in editions). Working in states gave him the artistic opportunity to elaborate and change the designs, and it provided him with income collectors were keen to have complete sets of prints. But already in his lifetime it was first and foremost Rembrandt’s etchings that brought him international fame. These works were easily distributed far and wide and brought the artist recognition in many countries throughout the world.
Rembrandt, Farms and a house with a tower surrounded by trees, c. 1660. Etching and drypoint, state IV (4). The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam