Self-portrait (c. 1645)
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).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.