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Picturing a World

Rembrandt en plein air

This etching on paper is the earliest image of an artist at work outdoors that I’ve ever run across. Jeanette and her friends in Where the Light Falls would have loved it!

Even though etching is a painstaking technique, Rembrandt has retained the informality and liveliness of a sketch for this portion of the picture. I wonder what the equivalent is in writing—changes in narrative voice or pace? levels of diction? a character who is more uninhibited than the rest of the cast?

Thanks to this Lines and Colors post for taking me to the Morgan Library and Museum page.
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