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Rediscovered Rembrandt Painting at Kimbell Art Museum

 In Art & Gallery News, Artists & Special Collections, Exhibits, Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt Laughing. Painting by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt Laughing. Painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. Image courtesy of Dallas Art News.

Rembrandt van Rijn’s self-portrait, Rembrandt Laughing, was mistakenly attributed to his older contemporary Frans Hals a century and a half after Rembrandt’s death. However, in 2007 the painting made headlines when the English family who owned it for the past 100 years put it up for auction and art dealers in attendance recognized its quality and importance.

Art historians now know that Rembrandt Laughing is one of the first and most joyful chapters of the artist’s autobiography in paint, and he painted the work in his home city of Leiden when he was 21 or 22 years old. The painting will be on view at the Kimbell from April 9 until late July as part of the Museum’s continuing “Guest of Honor” series.

While Rembrandt is often remembered as a master painter, he is also considered one of the greatest – if not the greatest – etcher of all time. Park West Gallery has been a world-wide source for collectors of original etchings by Rembrandt for over 40 years. For more information on Rembrandt etchings, visit the Park West Rembrandt website.


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