Rembrandt was born in 1606 and is generally considered one of the greatest painters in European History, and importantly in Dutch History being part of the ‘Dutch golden age’ that contributed so greatly to the wealth and cultural achievement of his time.
During his youth Rembrandt achieved success as a portrait painter but his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships going bankrupt several times in his life. This wonderful recollection of the artist life is an authentic account of a romance with his maid, fractious relationships with his children and many other aspects of the artist life such as his choice to refute the easy life of a commercial painter, of being an artist true to himself (often painting dark morbid brown self portraits) rather than his contemporises colourful and more saleable paintings. This recollection shows a marked resilience to life and its hardships and shows Rembrandt’s remarkable capacity to keep working till the end. The stories’ ending is painfully sad too, noting the artists daunting and ghost like solitude in the last winter of his life.
The graphic novel of “Rembrandt” is an important collaboration between the author Typex, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the Rijksmuseum, home of the world’s largest and most important Rembrandt collection. The book facilitates easy access to information on the great artists life containing fluid and masterful illustrations that clearly come naturally to the author Typex, who was perhaps one of Rembrandt’s students in a past life. We truly look forward to seeing what further publications SelfMade Hero will be bringing out in this Art Master series.
“I could immortalise those fools”
The author, Typex (b.1962) is an Amsterdam College for the Arts graduate. His work appears in many nationwide newspapers and magazines. He illustrates numerous children’s books and has published some of his own. He is also author of numerous comic books.
Available: April 2013