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A heroic rider gallops through the gloom, stopping to contemplate the world beyond the viewer before his horse rides on. The Polish Rider, painted around 1655, is an ambiguous reproduction of an equestrian scene which most attribute to the Dutch master Rembrandt since the canvas came into the Frick Collection in 1910. Named as such because the costume and breed of the horse has been claimed as Polish, the canvas is still filled with enigmatic features. Equestrian portraits were not in style in the high times of the Dutch golden age of painting in the seventeenth century, leading many to posit whether the subject might be of a historical or literary nature. The roguish postures of the rider and the ragged airs of his steed question the possibility of this being an imagined reproduction of a legendary figures or that that Rembrandt was simply painting a foreign solider – neither enemy nor friend – which was a recurring theme in seventeenth-century prints. With no evidence of delighting or reveling in the exotic, others have argued that the young rider represents the heroic European solider defending the continent from the invading Turks. If so, The Polish Rider is an early example of a belief in the unity of Europeans - although a unity forged in opposition to another.
The simplest answer would be that Rembrandt wanted to represent the stoic and unblemished individual facing the dangers of the unknown that may be lingering in the dark and malevolent landscape. A popular theme for the painter, as seen in his masterwork The Night Watch, the subject could be seen as the embodiment of a certain kind of brave republicanism that was emerging in Europe and flourishing in Holland. Yet regardless of theme or form, Rembrandt’s The Polish Rider, is a perfect companion to The Night Watch, celebrating the flawed and enigmatic heroism of the individual.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Polish Rider 1655, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Polish Rider 1655 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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