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 May 26, 2022).