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The Perseverance of Light (Trilogy Gunby)

The Perseverance of Light (Trilogy Gunby)

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Trilogy Gunby
The Perserverence of Light

Watercolor, graphite, gouache
Based on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Tartt’s novel is a master study of human emotion and the grey areas between good and bad. Much like in Fabritius’ painting, light has important symbolism throughout the novel. My favorite example appears in the scene depicted in my painting. Theo and Boris are in Amsterdam and have guns pointed at them, but then Boris fights back by throwing a lit cigarette in their face. He fights back with light. Days later in a conversation with Theo, Boris says: “I have to say I personally have never drawn such a sharp line between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as you. For me: that line is often false. The two are never disconnected. One can’t exist without the other. As long as I am acting out of love, I feel I am doing best I know how.” 
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