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18th Sep 2009
Rembrandt masterpiece to be offered at Christie's
Christie's London. Christie's will offer a masterpiece by Rembrandt (1606-1669) at the Old Masters and 19th Century Art Evening Sale on Tuesday 8 December 2009 in London. Unseen in public for almost 40 years and offered at auction for the first time since 1930, Portrait of a man, half-length, with his arms akimbo, 1658, is offered from a distinguished private collection and is expected to realise £18 million to £25 million.

Richard Knight, International co-Head of Old Masters and 19th Century Art at Christie's: 'Rembrandt is recognised as one of the greatest and most influential artists in European history, and we are honoured to be able to offer at auction a truly remarkable portrait by him dated 1658. The picture has been unseen in public since 1970, and we are excited to be exhibiting it for the first time in almost 40 years in London from 4 to 8 December. The same exhibition and auction will also feature Domenichino's 'Saint John the Evangelist', another exceptional 17th century masterpiece of the greatest importance, quality and condition, and we look forward to welcoming international collectors and institutions from around the world to what will be a landmark auction in the history of the European art market on 8 December 2009 at Christie's in London.'

Portrait of a man, half-length, with his arms akimbo is a is a tour de force painted in 1658 during one of Rembrandt's most artisitically inventive periods and at the same time as one of the most turbulent stages of his personal life. In 1658 the artist was forced to sell his house and move to a smaller studio having been declared bankrupt two years earlier. By this time Rembrandt had evolved his much celebrated late style, characterised by an increasingly bold and animated manner of execution and a masterful rendition of colour, lighting and texture. Only one other dated painting by the artist from 1658 is known to exist; the great three-quarter length Self-portrait now in the Frick Museum, New York.

Old Masters and 19th Century Art Evening Sale
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