Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680). - The hermit

Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680). - The hermit
Etching - Plate signed - 1642

Born the son of a surgeon in Dordrecht, Bol may have received his first training there under Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp. Shortly after December 1635, when he signed a document as an independent painter in Dordrecht, he seems to have moved to Amsterdam. There he initially worked in Rembrandt's studio, perhaps as much as an assistant as a pupil. On 30 August 1640, he witnessed a document on Rembrandt's behalf in Amsterdam, where it is thought that he became an independent painter in or by 1641.

This is one of his earliest dated etchings and betrays a clear influence of his teacher Rembrandt in his choice for pure line etching and the intimate subject matter. The print can be seen as a variation of "The philosopher", printed in the same year (Hollstein 6).

!! No other copies are known in the major print rooms (including Rijksmuseum, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum, or theAlbertina). !!

Condition: in perfect, flawless condition. A clear early impression on laid 17th century paper. Signed and dated in the plate "F. bol. 1642".

Lot details
Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680).
Title of artwork
The hermit
Plate signed
In very good condition
Sold with frame
Image size
12.2×10.3 cm
Total dimensions
15×12.5×0 cm
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