Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669)
Landscape with Cottage, Trees, and Stream, ca. 1650
Pen with brown ink and brown and gray wash applied by brush on paper
6 5/16 x 9 1/16 in. (16 x 23 cm)
Purchased by Henry Clay Frick, 1913
Rembrandt exhibits his rapid handling of pen and ink in this view of rural life made from direct observation. With short, darting strokes and thick, looping lines, he achieves a sense of spatial recession, light, and atmosphere. A later hand added the gray wash to the stream running across the sheet.