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Carel Fabritius - Dutch Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Carel Fabritius (1622 - 1654)

After studying under Rembrandt in Amsterdam, Carel Fabritius settled in Delft in 1650. His work contains obvious influence from his mentor, especially in use of lighting, brushwork, and careful composition. Fabritius was also known for his accurate depictions of landscapes and interiors. Tragically, he was killed at the age of thirty-two in an explosion that destroyed most of Delft along with his studio and many of his paintings. Only about a dozen paintings have survived. Of all Rembrandt's pupils, Fabritius was the only one 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. Moving away from the Renaissance focus on iconography, Fabritius became interested in the technical aspects of painting. He used cool colour harmonies to create shape in a luminous style of painting.

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