04.0 Euro Copies after European Artists
Johnson moved to The Hague in 1851. On November 20, 1851, he wrote to Andrew Warner of the American Art-Union, “I am at present . . . at the Hague, where I find I am deriving much advantage from studying the splendid works of Rembrandt & a few other of the old Dutch masters, who I find are only to be seen in Holland. I shall probably continue here a good portion of the winter" [Adapted from Hills, The Genre Painting of Eastman Johnson, pp. 40–41].
He made free copies after Rembrandt, Van Dyke, and the contemporary Belgian painter Louis Gallait. He stayed in the Netherlands until 1855 and developed a profitable career as a portrait painter. —PH
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Hills no. 4.0.1
Baur no. 9
Man Reading Letter (after Rembrandt)
Oil on canvas
15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm) approx.
Inscribed and dated lower right: From Rembrandt, Hague, Sept., 1851
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Man Reading Letter (after Rembrandt), 1851, September (Hills no. 4.0.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=40 (accessed on February 2, 2023).