Going out with a bang

Posted on 04 April 2012


Mincy says:

My favorite painting is The Goldfinch (1654) by Carel Fabritius. Fabritius was Dutch, and one of Rembrandt's star pupils. The painting is a masterpiece of light and shadow, and Fabritius uses expert brush strokes to suggest the plumage. I think he really captured the tense energy humming inside small birds. The painting just blows me away. 

Speaking of being blown away: Carel Fabritius was killed when half the city of Delft was destroyed in a gunpowder explosion on October 12, 1654. Also known as the "Delft Thunderclap", the massive explosion of a gunpowder store killed a hundred people and wounded thousands. Fabritius' studio was mostly destroyed, and only about a dozen paintings survived. 

Today The Goldfinch hangs in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. A few years ago, the Curator at the museum, Lea van der Vinde, bought one of my pieces, Stress Eating As Self-Expression.  

Kismet, of sorts? 


Lea contacted me via Facebook to let me know The Goldfinch and many other pieces (including The Girl with a Pearl Earring) from the Mauritshuis collection will be travelling to the US next year. Here's where you can see the shows:

de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
DATES: 26 January 2013, through 2 June 2013
TITLE: Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (35 works)

High Museum of Art, Atlanta
DATES: 22 June 2013, through 29 September 2013
TITLE: Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (35 works)

The Frick Collection, New York
DATES: 22 October 2013, through 21 January 2014
TITLE: Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the
Mauritshuis (10 works)

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  • Lea van der Vinde: April 06, 2012

    Thank you so much for this blog post – when I found out The Goldfinch was your favorite painting (of course it is!) I was also perplexed by the beautiful coincidence. I love the idea you’ll be able to see the painting at one of the Mauritshuis exhibitions in the US!

    I also own your ‘There Is Nothing Noble Or Admirable About Scalping, But It Gives Me Something To Do’ – very different from ‘Stress Eating As Self-Expression’, but also a marvellous picture. Thank you!

  • Janice Pfeiffer: April 04, 2012

    This illuminates so very much about your work. Beautiful connection.

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