Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rembrandt - my favorite three by the master painter

Hi All,

I wanted to share three Rembrandt paintings with you for today's post. Most of you are aware that Rembrandt is my favorite artist. The paintings that follow have specific meaning to me and I'll share why each painting intrigues me.

Rembrandt - The Mill - Oil on Canvas (1650)

Many years ago I discovered my father (also an artist) loved The Mill. We were discussing Rembrandt and were amazed that we have never discussed the fact that we both admired The Mill more than any other Rembrandt painting. I find this fact very interesting since we never really discussed our favorite paintings before.

Rembrandt - A Girl With A Broom - Oil on Canvas (1651)

A Girl With A Broom is one of those paintings that just has that warm Rembrandt glow. I remember a reproduction of this painting in Mom & Dad's house growing up. I never knew it was a Rembrandt (of course like many youngsters I didn't really care who painted it - I just liked it). I have to admit it freaked me out a bit because the girl has one of those stares that follow you around like an old Scooby-Doo cartoon. However, this is one of those paintings I was exposed to as a child and later "discovered" who painted it. 

Rembrandt - Portrait of Artist's Father - Oil on Panel (1631)

The last painting is of the artist's father. I haven't had the guts to try to paint my Dad's portrait yet but someday I may try. As an artist I can appreciate the importance of this painting to the artist himself. I can imagine what Rembrandt might have felt as he was painting a portrait of his father. I consider my father to be my greatest teacher and Rembrandt to be my greatest inspiration, therefore this particular painting is one of my favorites.

- Michael