Landscape with Cottage by Rembrandt

Many Rembrandt's drawings were concentrated in achieving a distilled charm, a characteristic which he eschewed throughout his life. In his drawings he was very much concerned with the atmosphere produced by the tranquil day. It is difficult to know whether they were intended as notes for a series of landscape paintings of which only a few were executed or survive, or whether they were spontaneous responses to nature with no further motive. A typical, and beautiful, example of this type of drawing, although it probably dates from the 1650s, is the Landscape with Cottage at Chatsworth.