The Goldfinch

by carel fabritius

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      Carel Fabritius created this captivating painting The Goldfinch in 1654.  This reproduction showcases Fabritius's unique use of colour and light, which he was renowned for during an art period where dark colour palettes and spotlighting was widely used.  The Goldfinch portrays a dulcet colour palette featuring the prime element of gold in the finch's wing.  The simple composition and use of illusionary techniques is unique for the Dutch Golden Age as Fabritius rebelled against the grandeur and drama of this period.  The original painting was lost for more than two centuries after Fabritius's death before it was rediscovered in Brussels.  This iconic art print makes the perfect statement piece in contemporary and vintage interior styled decors.
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The Artist


Carel Pietersz Fabritius (1622 - 1654) was a Dutch painter who was a pupil of Rembrandt and worked in his studio in Amsterdam.

Fabritius, who was a member of the Delft School and developed his own artistic style through experimentation with perspective and lighting, was the only one of Rembrandt's pupils to develop his own artistic style. A typical Rembrandt portrait would have a plain dark background with the subject defined by spotlighting. In contrast, Fabritius' portraits feature delicately lit subjects against light-coloured, textured backgrounds.

Fabritius became interested in the technical aspects of painting. He used cool colour palettes to create shape in a luminous style of painting.  Carel Fabritius's most recognisable works include A View of Delft (1652), The Goldfinch (1654) and The Sentry (1654).

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