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‘Rembrandt Reprised’ with Leslie Pitcher

23 February @ 9:45 am - 2:45 pm


Rembrandt, The Night Watch, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, image: Wikipedia

Rembrandt (1606-1669) is perhaps the greatest of all Dutch painters, both from the point of view of the profound psychology of his portraits and Biblical paintings and also the unique style of rugged ‘impressionistic’ brushwork he adopted in his later years. Yet in spite of his revolutionary style, Rembrandt was also deeply impressed by earlier Renaissance masters whose works he studied (and also sometimes bought) on the Dutch art market – we shall make some comparisons to study these areas of influence. The day will be lavishly illustrated with slides and handouts provided of the paintings considered.

Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cantab.) has a degree in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge. He lectures for The Arts Society, WEA, and U3A. He has also lectured at Brompton Oratory on Religious Art. His particular interest is in the Classical tradition in art from the Ancient World, the Renaissance and Baroque.

9.45                 Doors open

10.00               Self-portraits and early years
We begin with a look at some of the unique self-portraits Rembrandt did throughout his career showing himself both in his early successful years and his later comparative poverty due to financial problems. Then we look at early genre and Biblical paintings and how they seem to use members of his own family as models.

11.00               Tea/Coffee

11.30               The years of success
Individual and group portraits together with dramatic Biblical paintings from the years when Rembrandt was probably the most famous and wealthiest painter in Amsterdam. We will also make a detailed study of his great painting ‘The Night Watch’.

12.30              Lunch

1.30               The later years
The more contemplative but even more profound later portraits and Biblical paintings, with a consideration of their unique qualities of brushwork and lighting and why they were less in favour with the Dutch public at the time.

2.30               Close

To book:

Send a cheque made payable to “P.A.E.S.” along with your name, address and telephone number to:

Jennie and Robin Youle
6 Malpas Drive
Pinner, HA5 1DF
Phone: 020 8866 0809
Please enclose an S.A.E. for receipt and confirmation of booking.


23 February
9:45 am - 2:45 pm


Jennie and Robin Youle
020 8866 0809


The Verden Gallery, Upstairs at West House
West House, Pinner Memorial Park
Pinner, HA5 1AE United Kingdom
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