The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius

The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius

The artist from the Netherlands Carel Fabritius was one of the most gifted pupils of Rembrandt van Rijn. Fabricius paid special attention to the transmission of light, as well as the contours of objects on the canvas. He did this very technical, using cool colors on the textural background with light illumination.

Karel was kind of the experimenter, often turned to complex effects and to run with an accent. So, working on canvas “Goldfinch”, he is the first to apply the technique of impasto. The painting can be seen expressive brushstroke, made with a brush saturated with paint.

The painting “Goldfinch” was the

swan song of the artist. She wrote in 1654 with inskriptom in the lower right corner of «C. FABRITIVS 1654 “. Keep this little masterpiece in the Royal Gallery Mauritshuis. Its dimensions – 33.5 x 22.8 cm , technique – oil on wood.

The background picture is very airy, the master used the effect of natural sunlight, which indicates the open-air nature of color system. The Goldfinch harmoniously combines photographic precision and vagueness. Thus, the outlines of perch is very clear, but the image of a small bird a little blurry.

This technique is used very skillfully, because it seems to the viewer that the chick is about to thrill wings, flitting in and fly the invisible window, where the painting shed light and fresh air. The bird looks so real that I want to reach out and touch her. The elegant simplicity of the picture simply fascinating.

The painting “Goldfinch” Fabricius some elements of the composition made transparent in order to make them natural. Many admirers of his work believe that such a manner of the master-genius shows real skill of the artist.

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