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Painting Title Head of an Old Man
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Imitator of Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch painter, draftsman, and printmaker, 1606-1669)
Date Earliest possibly about 1880
Date Latest possibly about 1900
Description A study of an old bearded man facing left, looking down, depicted in a very sketchy way. The colour range is limited to shades of brown and yellow, the head is presented in a luminous way and the surface is highly impastoed. Another picture executed in a similar way was sold at Sotheby's in London on 26th April 2001, lot 308, as 'Study of an old man, traditionally thought to be Rembrandt's father', attributed to 'manner of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn'. It is very likely that the painting was created in the last decades of the 19th century, when Rembrandt was rediscovered and became very popular, so many artists started to paint in Rembrandt's style.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 222
Subject portrait; figure
Measurements 28 cm x 22 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by J. B. Morrel 1948.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 118; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 351 as by unknown artist.
Notes John Bowes Morrell (1873-1963) was a member of York City Council, and twice Lord Mayor; as Chairman of the Art Gallery Committee he played a major role in the establishment of the Castle Museum. He campaigned for the foundation of the University of York. He gave his collection of various paintings, drawings and prints to the Art Gallery in York. The painting has pencil notes on the back, hardly readable now.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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