Friday, March 12, 2010

Carel Fabritius - The Sentry

Carel Fabritius (1622-1654) - The Sentry
East Germany DDR Stamp Issued 1982
Painting completed in 1654
Staatliche Museum Schwerin Germany

Fabritius was one of Rembramdt's most gifted pupils, but his life was cut short in a gunpowder explosion in Delft Holland in 1654.  It is thought that only a dozen of his paintings survive.  

This excellently designed stamp depicts a painting that shows his ability to capture life-like light and shadows in everyday situations.  The colours and mood are also similar to his most famous work is "The Goldfinch".

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