Charles L. Mee Jr.'s Rembrandt: A Life PDF

By Charles L. Mee Jr.

previously he has remained a secret, leaving just a couple of sentences, the letters of his financial ruin, a mistress's notarized grievance - and the main wonderful, compassionate work ever to astonish the eye.

The first natural biography of this enigmatic legend is an engaging detective tale within which, clue via clue, the fellow himself emerges. Charles Mee, historian and playwright, renders a finely textured portrait of the artist opposed to a richly defined historical past of seventeenth-century life.

He captures the human Rembrandt, the standard guy and unforeseen genius. We see the younger, boastful poseur, son of a small-town miller, looking a lifetime of artwork amid the cosmopolitan bustle of Amsterdam. We see the outsider suffering to upward push with no client or court docket commissions, failing as an entrepreneur whereas immortalizing uncomplicated humans in works of haunting complexity.

We see the encouraged moments in the back of masterworks just like the Anatomy Lesson and Nightwatch and the entire conflicting guises in their author - bohemian and aspiring bourgeois, husband and lover, commemorated genius, penurious vagabond, and at last, the basic dichotomy - the selfish grasp who, regardless of his severe self-absorption, captured the variety of humanity with awesome empathy, sensitivity, and grace.

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