W Books announces the publication of the monograph Abraham van Dijck 1635-1680: Life and Work of a Late Rembrandt Pupil, by Rembrandt House Museum senior curator David de Witt, with the generous support of Bader Philanthropies.
This is the first complete study of the life and work of the Dordrecht painter Abraham van Dijck, bringing together 62 paintings and 52 drawings known to be by him. For the first time we can follow his remarkable encounter with the late Rembrandt, and his independent, insightful response to it. With his restrained but imposing figures, immersed in thought or deed, is unmistakably a devotee of Rembrandt’s pioneering of the inner life of the mind as a focus of art. He was one of several pupils who saw Rembrandt undertake this revolution around 1651, and follow the thinking that went along with it. With this study, an overlooked talent emerges, with the story of his flourishing, however brief, alongside illustrious pupils such as Willem Drost and Nicolaes Maes.