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A Self-Portrait of Rembrandt

Self portrait at the easel, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660, Louvre, Paris

Rembrandt's unique style of painting, which brings life to the work by illuminating it with vivid light, has been planted in countless works ranging from portraits, historical paintings, and engravings, and its dramatic direction makes the observer fall into the 'Stendhal Syndrome. It is an emotional shock that takes the beating of the heart of the observer in an instant by guiding you to a moment in history and showing the most theatrical scene in front of your eyes.

When Rembrandt started his career as a painter, he painted quite a lot of self-portraits as he became widely known for his portraits, and about 80 various paintings by his age group remain. If you look at his various faces one after another, from the face in his twenties full of confidence and enthusiasm to the face in his 60s that has gone through a tumultuous time, you can get a glimpse of his life.

He spent quite a long time as a successful painter who drew the attention of many people for his creative techniques of composition, lighting effects, and color. Wealth and fame were naturally followed. However, he walked down the road to hell due to luxury, pleasure, business failure, infidelity, and excessive debt. At last, he lonely passed away in the Jewish town. Success was followed by ruined life. it's kind of a cliché for the life of an artist. The dramatic contrast of light and darkness that he enjoyed expressing in his paintings, i.e. Chiaroscuro, is very similar to his life.

No one was looking for him In his last years, but rather, it was the time he could set the last flame to paint the paintings he truly wanted. I think that he was a romantic painter who could express the world of insight conceived from his soul through introspection. Perhaps because of that, his eyes in his self-portraits in his later years seemed to be much deeper and deeper.

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