Rembrandt and Veiled Woman, 31 January 1934
etching on Montval laid paper
44.4 x 33.4 cm; plate: 27.9 x 19.8 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 7249)
Picasso made four etchings for the Vollard Suite between 7 and 31 January 1934 that included the image of Rembrandt. It should be no surprise that the ghost of the Dutch master would haunt Picasso during the making of this series of one hundred plates, his most intensive period of printmaking. (All etchers seem, at some point, to have to confront the tremendous weight of Rembrandt's legacy.) Picasso, who was keenly aware of his own importance, often explored the art of the past, copying works by other artists in an effort both to emulate and to surpass them. No other artist, however, occupied him as thoroughly as Rembrandt.