Artist for January: Carel Fabritius

January 2018: Carel Fabritius (born Carel Pietersz)

Born: February 27, 1622 in Middenbeemster, Dutch Republic

Died: October 12, 1654 in Delft, Dutch Republic

Carel Fabritius was one of three brother painters. His younger brother, Barent, was a painter of biblical subjects, mythical scenes, and expressive portraits while Johannes, also younger, was a still life painter. Carel was trained under Rembrandt. He developed his own artistic style and experimented with perspective. He was interested in complex spatial effects. He died early in life due to an explosion at a gunpowder store, which also killed hundreds of people. This destroyed most of his paintings. A very gifted painter, he was 32 when his life ended.

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Young Man in a Fur Cap, a 1654 self-portrait
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A View of Delft, with a Musical Instrument Seller’s Stall, 1652
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Portrait of a Seated Woman with a Handkerchief, 1644
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Portrait of Abraham de Potter, 1649
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The Goldfinch, 1654
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The Sentry

Barent Fabritius (born Bernard Pietersz Fabritius)

Born: November 16, 1624 in Middenbeemster, Dutch Republic

Died: October 12, 1654 in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic

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Young Painter in his Studio, 1655-1660
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The Slaughtered Pig, 1656
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Ruth and Boaz, 1660

Johannes Fabritius (born Johannes Pietersz)

Born: November 16, 1624 in Middenbeemster, Dutch Republic

Died: Sometime after 1693 in Hoorn, Dutch Republic

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Still life of fish, eels, and fishing nets, 1650-1700

Check back in February as I highlight another artist.

Pictures/Information by Wikipedia

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