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Dutch artist Karel Fabrizius was one of Rembrandt van Rijn's most gifted students. Fabricius paid special attention to the transfer of lighting, as well as to the contours of objects on canvas. He did this very technically, applying cool colors on a textured background with light backlighting.
Karel was a kind of experimenter, often addressing complex effects and perspective with an emphasis. So, working on the canvas "Goldfinch" (the correct name is "Goldfinch"), he first applied the impasto technique. The painting shows an expressive brush stroke made with a saturated paint brush.
The picture "Goldfinch" became the artist's swan song. It was written in 1654 (the year of the death of Fabricius) with an inscript in the lower right corner “C. FABRITIVS 1654. " This small masterpiece is kept in the Royal Gallery of Mauritshuis (The Hague). Its dimensions are 33.5 X 22.8 cm, the technique is oil on wood.
The background of the picture is very airy, the master applied the effect of natural sunlight, which indicates the plein air nature of the coloristic system. "Goldfinch" harmoniously combines photographic accuracy and blur. So, the outlines of the roost are very clear, but the image of the little bird is a bit blurry. This technique was used very skillfully, because the viewer thinks that the chick is about to flutter its wings, flutter and fly out into an invisible window, from where light and freshness of air spill onto the picture. The bird looks so real that I want to reach out and touch it. The graceful simplicity of the picture is simply fascinating.
In the picture “Goldfinch”, Fabricius made some elements of the composition transparent in order to make them natural (for example, wings of a goldfinch). Many admirers of his work are sure that this manner of master genius shows the artist’s true skill.
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