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Rembrandts The Mill

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Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669) is a well-acclaimed Dutch painter who has been recognized for his work during the Baroque period of 1645 to 1648. One of his works is The Mill, a 41.3” x 34.3” oil painting on canvas. This piece of work was about his landscape theme and is currently on display at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The Mill is considered as one of the greatest art pieces of Rembrandt because of two major reasons. The art piece is naturally very attractive and it has served as a major inspiration to the taste of the viewers, as well as painters during the epoch. This painting has thus resulted in a signification transformation of the quality and standards of paintings. The Mill was well acknowledged by connoisseurs and artists because of the lasting impression the painting projects to the viewer (Schama, 1999). The painting impels a romantic atmosphere through the scene that is depicted in the painting. In addition, the presence of the silhouette of the mill that is positioned against the turbulent sky imparts a dramatic effect that compels the viewer to further imagination. There has been speculation that the painting actually depicts the mill of Rembrandt’s father, who is a miller himself. Another story that had circulated was associated with the stormy weather captured in the painting. It has been said that the stormy weather represented the terrible financial problems that Rembrandt experienced in the 1650s.

A recent restoration of The Mill has exposed that the background depicted in the painting was made up of blue skies that was earlier covered by varnish that had been discolored. Such discovery has further strengthened the expression of the art piece. Rembrandt’s extends a sensati...

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...what to paint during that time, and he simply continue on with his painting spontaneously.

The Mill is a romantic piece of art work than surpasses the interpretation of reality and nature. The main subject of the painting is peace and calmness that covers the land during dusk. The presence of shadow magnifies the effect of the calming mood of the painting. This piece of art work has influenced most of the English landscape artists then and now and it is still considered as a very memorable painting in the theme of landscape portrayal. Other analysts have expressed that The Mill alone is enough to form an epoch on landscape painting because he was successful in using fine and detailed features of his topic through the use of different brush strokes and colors.

Work Cited

Schama S (1999): Rembrandt’s eyes. New York: Knopf Publishers. 768 pages.
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