Did you know that The Goldfinch” is one of the many masterpieces created by Rembrandt’s student, Carel Fabritius. Fabritius painted “The Goldfinch” in a style different than that of Rembrandt’s. Fabritius died as a result of a gunpowder store explosion in Delft city. In the explosion, a quarter of the city, including his studio and many of his paintings were destroyed. Only a dozen of his paintings, including “The Goldfinch” have survived. “The Goldfinch” is one of the only three paintings he made in the year that he died, which was 1654.
Rembrandt was an abstract and minimalist painter and drawer. He is not known for that. I am not saying his end product featured that, but when you look at his negative spaces and shafts of light you will see what I mean. When you look at his drawings you will see someone who captures an essence with economy. That is minimalism on one major level.
With that in mind this artwork is very interesting and ultra modern.
A bit sad that much of his work was destroyed. It is a good reminder to not put your identity in things that don't last. We are far less likely to have our spirits crushed if we don't.
Having that perspective will help us not spend our time here frivolously. Including the choices of what we create and why we create. We create because we were made to create. That is our wiring and when we resist our wiring we will not thrive despite our accomplishments in other things. There is a purpose that goes with it that is unique to every single person.
What that means to artists is this:
You are giving a gift. Use it. Cultivate it. Have fun with it. Follow the favor that comes with it even if it is risky. Even if all your art gets destroyed when you are gone. That is were life is for you. If you have something to show at all hundreds of years later...bonus.
How truly great is the life of the one who discovers their purpose for being here. They are the ones who thrive. They are the ones who have a peace that goes beyond all understand and live with the byproduct of joy in their heart despite what chaos destroys. Chaos cannot destroy us if we do not let it inside. It wants to, but it must have permission to do so by our invitation. We chose to open that door and get our minds all messed up with chaotic thinking from the chaos that swirls around. It is not forced upon us by another human being or any circumstance. Chaos is always swirling seeking who it may devour. It has many, many angles. It's only mission is to destroy and it prefers to destroy from the inside out, but cannot unless we allow it inside.
We can also choose to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and refuse to let chaos inside. That is far more power than chaos will ever have.
Hopefully, he was one who understood that and had an amazing and joyous life despite what life threw at him.
Interesting summation on art, life and mortality Jani. I respect your thoughtful insights. I couldn't help but notice that Fabritius must have benefited from the instruction received from Rembrandt. The different tones of the box and on those brass rails. Also the delicacy of the little chain on the bird. Just enough to let you know that it's there.
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