Nude Woman Lying on a Pillow, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1661 - c. 1662

Nude Woman Lying on a Pillow, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1661 - c. 1662

reed pen and brown ink, with brown wash and opaque white (oxidized), some areas deliberately rubbed with a finger or wet brush, h 136mm × w 283mm Catalogue entry

The same woman apparently posed for this drawing and for the Nude Woman Seated by a Stove (nearby). She is recognizable by her hairstyle: it is not quite clear whether she is wearing a little cap or if her hair is done up in a bun. Here the art of life drawing reaches a peak. Exceptionally well rendered is the suggestion of light that bathes the woman’s warm, slightly sagging flesh.

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