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Oil on linen
40 x 20″



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This is a framed original oil painting on Claessens portrait-grade Belgian linen – which is a very fine, archival linen, considered to be the best quality material available for artist canvas. The frame is a custom wood float frame, black. 1.5″ deep with a satin finish.

About the art:


(noun) cru·​ci·​ble | \ ˈkrü-sə-bəl  \

Definition of crucible

1a vessel of a very refractory material (such as porcelain) used for melting and calcining a substance that requires a high degree of heat
2a severe test: He’s ready to face the crucible of the Olympics.
3a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development… conditioned by having grown up within the crucible of Chinatown …— Tom Wolfe / His character was formed in the crucible of war.
Crucible looks like it should be closely related to the Latin combining form cruc- (“cross”), but it isn’t. It was forged from the Medieval Latin crucibulum, a noun for an earthen pot used to melt metals, and in English it first referred to a vessel made of a very heat-resistant material (such as porcelain) used for melting a substance that requires a high degree of heat. But the resemblance between cruc- and crucible probably encouraged people to start using crucible to mean “a severe trial.” That sense is synonymous with one meaning of cross, a word that is related to cruc-. The newest sense of crucible (“a situation in which great changes take place”—as in “forged in the crucible of war”) recalls the fire and heat that would be encountered in the original heat-resistant pot.

Additional information

Weight 15.9 lbs
Dimensions 42 × 22 × 4 in