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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Rembrandt's drawings, though monochromatic, deserve to be in color. The variations in his pen lines and washes are part of their greatness, and I've waited for decades to see a book like this. I'm surprised it's in hardcover (I have about a thousand Dover books, all paperbacks) so it costs a few extra dollars, and it's no surprise that the reproductions are generations removed from the originals, but I'm hardly complaining. Up till now I haven't found a complete color collection of his drawings, and he is one of history's greatest and most subtle draftsmen, so this is a gift to the world. If we ever get a book like this reproduced from the originals, it will probably cost over $100.
And regarding the artwork, I'll quote my elder colleague and master draftsman, Don Lagerberg: "The older I get, the better Rembrandt gets."
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2009
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Rembrandt Drawings is a superb collection of drawings by the great Dutch master. They are intimate sketches which depict a glance. They are completely modern, predating the technique of the French modernists, and catch that first critical moment when the essential of a scene is grasped. Above all there is the instant seizure of a moment of humanity, a fleeting expression, query, puzzlement, wonder, but, strangely not a smile.
Three of the drawings belong to the more than 90 self portraits in which Rembrandt traced his biography. One is an image of the artist at the age of 23 and it is informative to compare with the oil painting which followed, a display of genius in handling light and shadow. But for all that, the naive sketch catches a mood that no longer exists in the magnificent painting.
The book is a treasure to browse and to ponder the profound humanity it contains. Its simplicity is an invitation to take a pencil and trace the same and similar lines, to explore the creative mind of one of the greatest artists who ever lived.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2011
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I am very happy with my purchase. I enjoyed this book of Rembrandt's drawings. This is very inspirational to me as an artist. I highly recommend this book. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This is a perfect example of making the mistake of paying far too much for a mediocre collection, thinking that something about its character must have deserved the high price. Instead, these are low (not high) resolution versions of a poorly collected assortment of an amazingly mediocre selection of Rembrandt drawings. I have seen many of his best drawings in person, and they are wonderfully inspiring, but you would never guess that from this effort. Look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The Kindle Version has all of the captions on the wrong pages. I was also disappointed to find that there is no way to zoom in on the images in the book as well (I suppose the Kindle wasn't meant to be used for looking at art books.)

Good art, but avoid the Kindle version.
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on March 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy Rembrandt’s etchings, you will certainly enjoy this collection of many of his remarkable drawings. The subjects include Biblical stories, landscape and portraits. There is a great piece called Studies of Nine Figures (drawing 50), that shows wonderfully expressive, unique faces, right next to each other on the page. It shows Rembrandt’s remarkable skills in his detail and his observations. Each page holds the adventure of a new treasure. There is a very brief biography at the beginning of the book, but get this one for the plates.
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on December 7, 2012
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This book is perfect for any artist who wants to get a feel for the sketches produced by the genius Rembrandt. Artist should draw as frequently as possible. By observing Rembrandt's drawings, you learn how to effectively communicate a scene, or a story. These drawings could easily be concept sketches or storyboards for a movie; which is why I love this book. It inspires me to draw quick sketches of my ideas, and not have to necessarily worry about tight details.
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on October 2, 2013
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Even with a twirl of the open, The Master Rembrandt demonstrates his timeless genius. This book displays well on my Samsung tablet. The drawings are clear and show enough detail to be enjoyed over and over.
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on February 4, 2012
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The quality of the prints is very well done, along with the arrangement. A great educational tool when looking at Rembrandt's work.
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