Oil on Canvas 9" x 13"
original of Carel Fabritius, 1654)
In January 2014, I traveled to New York to see
the exhibit of Vermeer at the Frick Collection. There were only a handful of
paintings by Vermeer, most notably The Girl With The Pearl Earring, which
was a stunningly beautiful painting. However, in the main room there was a
small, rather uncomplicated painting called The Goldfinch, by Fabritius.
The pet bird depicted is tethered to a box by a chain attached to its leg. I
could see from across the room it was luminous.
The expression on the Goldfinch’s face
is anguish, pride and defiance. It is an emotional painting and one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
I was compelled to paint a reproduction.
The yellow painted on its wing is 22k gold.
By working with a photographer
who had seen the painting in Holland, I managed to get an accurate image.