"If an artist sees things as they really are, he is not an artist " - Oscar Wilde (1854 –1900)

”Sure I bid on my own paintings; by doing that it makes them worth more.”

During his years of prosperity Rembrandt attempted to corner the Amsterdam fine-art market. The artist was an enthusiastic and regular frequenter of Amsterdam’s public auctions, and often prepared to pay high prices for the engravings of well-known artists particularly of Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533), a fellow painter of the previous generation who, like Rembrandt, was born and worked in Leiden. His strategy, in order to establish a strong market for his own etchings and so keep prices high, was carefully to retain possession of his original engraved copper plates (preventing others from printing from them) and simultaneously buy up such of his etchings as came on the market. Rembrandt’s attempt to control the market in Rembrandts, however, necessitated much larger financial resources than he could muster. It was one of the causes of his subsequent financial difficulties.

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