Self Portrait (1645) by Carel Fabritius

Self Portrait - Carel Fabritius - 1645

Artwork Information

TitleSelf Portrait
ArtistCarel Fabritius
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

About Self Portrait

The artwork titled “Self Portrait” is an oil on panel painting created by Carel Fabritius in 1645. As an exemplar of the Baroque movement, Fabritius’ self-portrait is recognized for its artistic significance and contribution to the genre of self-portraiture. The masterpiece is part of the collection housed at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The artwork captivates the viewer with its intimate and direct portrayal of the artist. Fabritius has depicted himself with a forthright gaze that meets the observer’s eye, lending a sense of immediacy and presence to the piece. His hair is fashioned in loose curls, typical of the period’s style, and there is a discernible confidence in the way he presents himself. The artist’s attire consists of a dark brown jacket with a visible white shirt underneath, which stands in contrast to the dusky background. The chiaroscuro technique employed enhances the three-dimensional quality of the figure and imbues the painting with a dramatic intensity characteristic of Baroque art. The brushwork appears fluid yet deliberate, capturing the soft textures of his skin and fabrics with a realism that beckons viewers to take a closer look. Despite the passing of centuries, the painting continues to convey the essence and talent of Carel Fabritius, allowing a timeless connection between the viewer and the artist.

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