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ETCHING The Three Trees
The etching is available without mount. Hand-printed.
The three trees (B212), 1643
Drypoint and burin, only state
21.3 x 27.9 cm.
This louring sky is most unusual for Rembrandt's etched landscapes. The thunderous clouds and the false sunlight produce a dramatic contrast. From the dike with its three large trees a flat expanse stretches away into the distance populated by numerous tiny figures. The silhouette on the horizon appears to be that of Amsterdam.
Handprinted etching: how do we make the most beautiful reproductions of Rembrandt's etchings? First the etching is photographed. The best photograph is transferred to a copper plate which is covered with a special layer to make it sensitive to light. All the unexposed areas in this layer where black lines occur can then be washed away. The copper is exposed and grooves are created when the plate is subsequently immersed in a bath of acid. Once the plate is ready, it can be printed. The printing is done by hand. The final result comes very close to Rembrandt's original. It is as if the master himself has been at work.