George Condo on Rembrandt Van Rijn

"Rembrandt's paintings and etchings endlessly played with this idea of combining personal and general experience. He seemed like a man who was trying to find 'himself' in every portrait he created. His own scarred and chiselled features can even be seen in the portraits he painted on commission. The despondent, dejected look of his late self-portraits seems to say: 'Well, what can you do - that's life.'" 

Above: Rembrandt Van Rijn, Portrait of Nicolaes Ruts, 1631, Oil on mahogany panel

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