Dominating the entire Dutch Golden age with his very strong artistic personality, Rembrandt has left not only a large number of paintings and drawings but also almost 300 etchings.
He painted portraits with the same skill as he did imaginary figures as well as biblical, mythological and historical subjects, allegories, genre scenes and landscapes.

In the latter field, it was indisputably Rembrandt who most brilliantly captured the specific feel of Dutch countryside, composed of vast light filled plains interspersed with peaceful hamlets, modest farmhouses or the sails of a windmill.

This impressive engraving is an exceptional piece in Rembrandt’s graphic work. It has features similar to the landscapes painted by the artist: spectacular, shot through with powerful contrasts of light and brought to life with ruins or wild waterfalls. Here, a storm cloud looming over three oak trees with rustling foliage creates a dramatic light and shade effect over the whole plain. The black gashing rain, the stormy, swirling clouds and the bright, ephemeral glow of the light in the sky compose an authentic visual symphony, which most closely corresponds to Romantic music.

S. R. de B.

City of Paris municipal collection's website

City of Paris municipal collection's website

The collections portal can be used to search the collections of Paris’s 14 municipal museums (approximately 336,000 works, including 43,000 belonging to the Petit Palais).

It is also possible to download around 12,000 images of the museum’s works free of charge.

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Extern databases

Discover a selection of databases online presenting works from the Petit Palais or documents concerning the history of the museum.