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Rubens visits Rembrandt

Rubens visits Rembrandt - Rembrandt, surrounded by his cronies, Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec is using a panel painting portrait of Helen Fourment (Het pelsken) to the artist, Peter Paul Rubens?, dismay. The background is a view of the Halfpenny Bridge (The metal bridge) through the arches of old Dublin onto the 18th century Georgian buildings on the other side of the river Liffey. A Sybil in 18th century neo-classical costume points to the only other female oil paintings visible in the studio, Rembrandt?s `A Woman Bathing`, (London National Gallery). Matthew has, in this watercolour, attempted to evoke the composition and colour of the Dutch Old Master Benjamin Gerritsz Cuyp. Dordrecht 1612 ? 1652.

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