Carel Fabritius

Carel Fabritius

Self-portrait (c. 1645)

Years of life: 1622 – 1654
Artist's Teachers: Rembrandt
Artist's students: Johannes Vermeer
Art Movement: Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Painting School: Delft School
Genre: Portrait , Landscape , Religious , Still-life , Mythology
Country: Netherlands
Century: XVII

He died tragically at a young age. Less than ten authenticated works are known, but they show the versatility of his art. The best of Rembrandt’s pupils, he was immensely talented. He painted portraits, still lifes, genre pictures, landscapes. He died in a gunpowder explosion in Delft, near his studio

Like Rembrandt, he used thick impastoed paint next to thin glazes. He preferred dark red and brown tones to Rembrandt’s lighter ones. Sometimes silhouetted a dark figure against a light background (Rembrandt preferred vice versa).

Carel Fabritius’s major works are The Beheading of John the Baptist, c. 1640 (Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum); The Goldfinch, 1654 (The Hague: Mauritshuis Museum).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

    1648 - 1650

    Beheading of Saint John the Baptist  •  1648 - 1650

  • Two standing women with a child

    1640 - 1649

    Two standing women with a child  •  1640 - 1649

  • Standing boy holding a rope

    1640 - 1649

    Standing boy holding a rope  •  1640 - 1649

  • Oud paar deelt aan kinderen waren uit in de openlucht

    1640 - 1645

    Oud paar deelt aan kinderen waren uit in de openlucht  •  1640 - 1645

  • Joseph threatened by his brothers

    1650 - 1655

    Joseph threatened by his brothers  •  1650 - 1655

  • View of a row of houses in a city

    View of a row of houses in a city

  • Messenger with the crown of Saul for David

    1640 - 1649

    Messenger with the crown of Saul for David  •  1640 - 1649

  • A View of Delft with a Musical Instrument Seller

    1652

    A View of Delft with a Musical Instrument Seller  •  1652

  • The sentinel / The sentry

    1654

    The sentinel / The sentry   •  1654

  • Hagar and the Angel

    1645

    Hagar and the Angel  •  1645

  • The Goldfinch

    1654

    The Goldfinch  •  1654

  • Portrait of Abraham de Potter, silk cloth merchant in Amsterdam (1592-1650)

    1649

    Portrait of Abraham de Potter, silk cloth merchant in Amsterdam (1592-1650)  •  1649

  • Self Portrait

    1645

    Self Portrait  •  1645

  • Young Man in a Fur Cap

    1654

    Young Man in a Fur Cap  •  1654

  • Mercury and Argus

    between 1645 and 1647

    Mercury and Argus   •  between 1645 and 1647

  • Raising of Lazarus (John 11:41-44)

    1640s

    Raising of Lazarus (John 11:41-44)  •  1640s

  • Man with a Helmet

    1648 - 1649

    Man with a Helmet   •  1648 - 1649

  • Portrait of a Lady in profile

    1654

    Portrait of a Lady in profile  •  1654

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