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This picture refers to the late period of Rembrandt's work (1655 g). Several years ago, the authors of the painting were challenged by well-known art critics led by Julius Hald. It has been hypothesized that the painting was written by Rembrandt's best student, Willem Drost. Despite numerous disputes, the painting The Polish Horseman is on the list of the best works by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
The painting received world recognition after its acquisition in 1897 by the connoisseur of painting Abraham Bredius in the Polish town of Dzikow. The canvas is medium in size (115 × 135 cm) and painted in oil.
The picture shows a courageous young man sitting astride a horse. The character is captured in motion, looking thoughtfully into the distance. The style of clothing indicates its belonging to the Polish cavalry of the seventeenth century. A long belted caftan, a red fur hat, leather boots.
The horseman is armed with a saber and a dagger, in his right hand he holds a bow, a quiver with arrows is attached to the belt. It is not known who posed for the painter when painting. It is possible that it was a simple Pole, and not a cavalryman.
The artist paid special attention to the second most important character in the picture. The war horse is depicted stately and graceful. A thick white mane, a majestic gait, a purposeful look, wide nostrils. The horseman with his faithful friend is perceived by the viewer as a single whole, aimed at one goal.
The landscape of the canvas is rather gloomy and dull. Rocky terrain and a large dilapidated building, made in dark colors. Heavy clouds looming menacingly over the city. The area created by the artist creates a sad mood of the picture and only the “Polish horseman" enlivens the landscape with his presence.
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