In my last post, on 7 January, I wrote about an artist (Adriaen Coorte) whose existence I first learned of while reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Since then, I’ve done two things of relevance: 1) attended a show that included the titular painting (below) by Carel Fabritius, and 2) finished the book.
The painting is charming. I love that bright streak of gold on the bird’s wing, its red mask, and the glint in its right eye. In the book, the painting becomes a kind of talisman for the protagonist, Theo Decker, and the closing pages of the book have some lovely passages about art and its effect on people. A few lines in particular struck me, because they align with my motives for starting this blog:
“If you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those first images that crack your heart wide open and you spend the rest of your life chasing, or trying to recapture, in one way or another?”
The chase continues.