Reclining Woman, 1658

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When Austrian print authority Adam Bartsch catalogued this reclining nude, he called it Négresse Couchée, or "negress lying down." We now know that this is a misnomer; Rembrandt simply made a very dark plate. The model for several of his 1650s nude etchings was probably his common-law wife, Hendrickje Stoffels, who became his housekeeper in 1649. Absorbed in her thoughts, the figure in Woman Bathing Her Feet in a Brook (P.1,304) seems to resist our gaze, and indeed Rembrandt seems not to have been paying much attention either. The chair back and tasseled cushion suggest that he sketched this in a studio, then transposed it to a leafy outdoor setting, but neglected to remove the studio details.

Reclining Woman
Artist Life
1606 - 1669
Accession Number
A. Buego, a black stamp verso (L. 82).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 299 iii/iii; B.205; Mz.142 iii/iii; Holl. 205 iii/iii; B-B. 58-E iii/iii
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