|Don Hatfield, America’s Foremost Modern Impressionist: Rachel in the Vineyard
|Rembrandt’s ‘Descent From the Cross” 1633 Original in the Adytum Kitchen
|Anniversary Bouquet at LaHaina Galleries (http://www.lahainagalleries.com/)
We had just bought Yankel Ginzburg’s Anniversary Bouquet for my birthday and wandered into the gallery next door as we made our way to a restaurant ( http://higginshartegalleries.com/) Most of Rembrandt’s works are very small, and as soon as I saw this larger work on an easel I knew we weren’t leaving anytime soon. Donn had been collecting “Three Crosses” reproductions and several were framed in his day-trading office.
|Rembrandt’s “The Three Crosses”
To find a large original…well, I knew that we were about to acquire our first original Rembrandt regardless that we just spent our art budget for the next year….
Some things are worth going out on a limb for (Why not go out on a limb, that’s where all the fruit is…Will Rogers)
|Rembrandt in the assertive confidence of youth, still the piercing gaze…
Many of you who have been to Adytum and seen our growing art collection know this story-
how Rembrandt sketched himself into Descent From the Cross. He made sure the original scene was replaced with Dutchmen – see the dress? as if to say, “The Jews didn’t put Jesus on the cross- we ALL did, the common, modern man.”
The Church found his piercing outward gaze sacrilegious and made him redo it with downcast eyes. Rembrandt, as you know, did more self-portraits than any artist, always with eyes boring into us as if to say, “So…what do YOU see then in My face? If you look hard you will find it in yourself too.” His nearly 100 self-portraits seemed an intentional autobiographical lifelong exploration of his many selves.
|Blaise Pascal…”Pascal’s Wager”
|Lovely Guests of Adytum Sanctuary, Each One Such a Beautiful Person….
|DeGoede’s Church for the Hispanic Workers (and we enjoyed it too…)
|I love the Spanish and English….Even the Shrine Aspect Works in this Setting…So appropriate