Redbrandt works appear at Stanfield Art
December 23, 2005
This coming Friday, during the Last Fridays Arts and Eats Gallery Stroll, Stanfield Fine Art will open its newest exhibition.
But the artist, unfortunately, will not be able to attend.
Rembrandt van Rijn will miss the exhibition the gallery is hosting in honor of his 400th birthday, although one might argue his excuse extremely advanced age, and his death in 1669 is a good one.
The Rembrandt show, however, will feature his legacy and approximately 50 original Rembrandt etchings, including between 15 and 20 lifetime impressions which are works made by Rembrandt himself.
"They’re over 350 years old," said DeVon Stanfield, the owner of Stanfield Fine Art.
According to Stanfield, the exhibition has been in the works for years. The gallery, he said, has dealt Rembrandts for approximately eight years.
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"We’ve been having smaller exhibitions over the years to educate people," he said.
The etchings require some modest background knowledge to understand, he noted, so the public occasionally needs some time to build its understanding. Because of that the gallery has invited an etchings expert will attend the exhibition’s opening.
"For the exhibition’s opening reception, which is Friday, Dec. 30, we are bringing in Michael Goldman to give a lecture and meet with the public," said Stanfield. "He’ll talk mainly about Rembrandt and the genius that he was in the medium of etching."
While Rembrandt is known for his work as a painter and portraitist, some of his finest and most respected works, according to Stanfield, are his etchings.
"No one introduced light and emotion into etchings the way Rembrandt did," said Stanfield. "It just has so much character."
The gallery has plans to share that character and beauty with the wider community, as well.
"Because this is so important to our community," said Stanfield, "this isn’t going to be a standard exhibit. This is going to have a comprehensive educational element."
The exhibition will include educational opportunities for area schools and will be featured in a show performed for McPolin Elementary School by Mountain Town Stages’ first chair Randy Barton. In the educational show, Barton actually plays Rembrandt.
In the meantime, though, art lovers can see the Rembrandts on Friday, with information from Golden, who will speak at 7:30 p.m.
Stanfield said the opportunity is a unique one in Park City.
"It’s a museum-quality exhibition where you can decide to take it home if you want," he said.
The etchings range in price from $2,500 to $100,000. Among those included is a landscape with a cottage and hay barn, a particularly rare piece, Stanfield noted, because Rembrandt made so few landscape etchings.
While such shows are relatively normal in larger art markets, and Stanfield said he has worked with them before, he said that few if any Park City galleries offer works by such a renowned master.
But they have succeeded.
"Because of the reception we’re getting for the shows like this," he said, "we’re able to bring more of them in."
He said plans exist for a Salvadore Dali exhibition in the new year. The Rembrandt exhibition will run throughout the winter.
The opening reception for the Rembrandt 400th birthday exhibition is free and open to the public, but limited seating is available with an RSVP. For more information about the exhibition or the gallery, visit http://www.stanfieldfineart.com or call 658-1800.