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15th Jul 2011

Happy Birthday Rembrandt!

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 1606 – October 4 1669) was one of the first artists who inspired me as a young girl as I often visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Granted, he was very well known and acknowledged so my Dad, who began taking me when I was still in my stroller, definitely must have introduced his work to me.

Rembrandt’s works continue to inspire and beguile me today. Whenever I have an opportunity I visit or revisit his work. If I am traveling and know that the city or area has a Rembrandt, J.M.W. Turner, or van Gogh, or late Warhol, I will go out of my way just to see the work. As an artist, I continue to learn from these masters.

Rembrandt was a master of light and dark, ahead of his time in painting light, which of course, inspired and informs the above mentioned artists.

Although Rembrandt met with early success, as his work matured and the very work showing great emotion, humanizing the common man and, of course his work with light developed, that then strange seeming and iconoclastic work cost him commissions and patronage bring his financial problems and some heartbreak.

What is truly new in art has always been met with initial resistance. This is in no small part due to the biological fact that we need visual memories to see, and actually have difficulty seeing art that is radically new.

Below is an Essence Portrait of Rembrandt created according to the tenets of radically new Twenty-first century Post Conceptual and Ungraven Image Art theory by me, Judy Rey Wasserman. If you are familiar with Rembrandt’s work (and also the above mentioned artists),  I bet you can see their influence, although my work is fully contemporary as it uses symbols for every single stroke.

Psalm 22 (Rembrandt) by Judy Rey Wasserman

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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