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The Kitchen Maid by Rembrandt van Rijn

    The Kitchen Maid by Rembrandt van Rijn

    The Kitchen Maid by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1651. The painting is in National Museum Stockholm. The size of the work is 78 x 64 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    Around 1650 Rembrandt produced several similar half-length paintings of women, reminiscent of The Kitchen Maid. His vivid image of a girl at a window is painted with broad brushstrokes and sharp contrasts between light and shadow. The warm red of the jacket offers a harmonious contrast to the white blouse and the dark background. The painting was owned by Count Johan Gabriel Stenbock, who travelled abroad, including to the Netherlands, in the 1670s. Read more in National Museum Stockholm.

    About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more

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