FOLLOWER OF REMBRANDT HARMENSZ VAN RIJN (1606-1669)
Joseph recounts his Dream
oil on panel
14 x 11 in (35.6 x 27.9cm)
Provenance: Mrs W. Reynolds. Christie's King Street, London 30th January 1948, Lot 90 (16 gns to Rubin) as A de Vos
Private Collection, Herefordshire
The theme of 'Jacob recounting his Dream' was treated both by Rembrandt and other members of his circle. cf. for instance a 1633 grisaille on paper by Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The composition of the painting at Brightwells follows a 1638 etching by Rembrandt. The subject relates to the narrative in the Old Testament Once Joseph had a Dream,which he told his brothers; and they hated him even more. He said to them, 'Hear this dream which I have dreamt' (Genesis 37-5-6). The subject depicts the Hebrew patriarch Jacob listening to his favourite son Joseph recounting a dream that his brothers' sheaves of corn bowed down to his sheaf, and that the sun, moon and stars made obeisance to him.While Joseph recounts his dream to the seated Jacob, other attentive listeners include a seated girl with an earring, presumably his sister Dinah, and Rachel his mother who lies in a bed nearby. His discontented brothers stand behind him. Their countenances reveal disbelief and mockery. This does not bode well for the young Joseph who is completely oblivious to the seeds of dissent that he is sowing.
The painting at Brightwells appears close in style to the early work of the Amsterdam artist Jan Victors (1620-1676 ).
AMENDMENT: The panel reverse bears serif initials 'E.B' (apparently impressed into the wood). This is very possibly a collector's mark (of uncertain date)