Dutch Art Dealer Rediscovers a Rembrandt

Jan Six with the rediscovered Rembrandt.
Jan Six with the rediscovered Rembrandt.

Dutch art dealer Jan Six says he knew right away that a painting catalogued as by an unknown artist, in the circle of Rembrandt van Rijn, was the work of the master himself.

“I saw so many details pointing in Rembrandt’s direction, that I was totally convinced,” he said about previewing the portrait of a man at a Christie's sale.

A particular fashion of 1633 shown in the sitter's collar, painted in Rembrandt's signature style, was one clue. "So at that time Rembrandt just came from Leiden and he didn't have a circle, so I thought what they've written down doesn't make sense and the picture looks too good," noted Six.

With an unnamed investor, Six puchased “Portrait of a Young Gentleman”, painted around 1634, for 137,000 pounds ($185,000) at the London auction in 2016.

Months of analysis and expert opinion was sought before the work was officially assigned to the Dutch master. It is the first Rembrandt to be rediscovered since 1974, and it was completely unknown before now. The portrait will go on view at the Hermitage in Amsterdam for one month.

Six, age 39, grew up with a Rembrandt portrait of his ancestor, also named Jan Six, hung in the family home. He said: "I am completely obsessed with Rembrandt. And to have the ability in your lifetime to find one out of nowhere, it's a dream."

The painting will be for sale, but Six has not disclosed how much he thinks his find is worth.

More News Feed Headlines

Kerry James Marshall's Past Times (1997) set a new record for a living African American artist of $21.1m with fees

Record Prices Abound at Sotheby's $392 Million Contemporary Art Sale

  • May 17, 2018 12:41

On Wednesday, Sotheby's tallied $392.3m total with fees for contemporary art in New York, setting ...

Read More

Richard Gray

Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

  • May 17, 2018 12:06

Richard Gray, a celebrated art dealer, civic leader, and philanthropist, died Wednesday morning ...

Read More

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, from 1633, is the only seascape by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn.  It was cut from its frame and stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1990.

Man Busted in Fraud Scam After Offering Gardner Museum's Missing Masterpieces on Craigslist

  • May 16, 2018 13:57

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for offering online two stolen artworks from ...

Read More

Synograph of Sarah Bird’s painting Inkberry Holly.

Actress Portia de Rossi Launches a New Kind of Art Venture

  • May 15, 2018 20:46

"Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi is working with Fujifilm to democratize art. And ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire