Painters Paintings Gerrit (or Gerard ) van Honthorst (1592-1656): The Merry Fiddler, 1623, Oil on c…
Painters Work Gerrit (or Gerard ) van Honthorst (1592-1656): The Merry Fiddler, 1623, Oil on canvas, 108 x 89 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Gerrit van Honthorst has lengthy been thought of one of many biggest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. After coaching in Utrecht, he traveled to Italy round 1615, the place he embraced the unconventional stylistic and thematic concepts of Caravaggio. The immediacy of Caravaggio’s spiritual and style scenes, that are characterised by dramatic gestures and pronounced contrasts of sunshine and darkish, impressed a technology of “Caravaggisti” all through Europe.
Honthorst usually labored immediately from posed fashions, as Caravaggio did, and introduced his scenes near the image airplane to counsel that they had been an extension of on a regular basis experiences.
A hanging instance is his ‘Merry Violinist’. This portray is exceptional for its daring illusionism. The cheerful determine leans over a balustrade, protruding into the viewer’s area as his kind punctures the image airplane. He sweeps apart the good pink carpet whose conspicuous tactility enhances the illusionistic qualities of the canvas.
Honthorst’s rendering is so lifelike and convincing that the fiddler appears to have slipped out from the body of the portray to affix us.