JAN VERMEER
(1632-1675)
 
Vermeer de Delft: Girl with a pearl earring, 1665.
Vermeer de Delft, Girl with a pearl earring, 1665,
The Mague, Mauritshuis, 47 x 40 cm.

 
  • A painter of daily lifes:
     
         We donīt know too much about Vermeerīs biography, facts are not very clear. It is known that he was admitted in 1653 to the guild of Saint Luke of Delft as a master painter. Specialists think that he probably formed with Carel Fabritius.
     
         Vermeer is able to recreate the enviroment of a small country, Holland. He refuses greatness in order to paint little things. Suddenly, his eyes and later his brush capture the charm of a hear, the brightness of a earring or a tender melancholy in a little street. His love to the smallest details is a good reason to compare him with primitive flemish painters.
     
         The atmosphere of his interiors talk us about a painter who is very careful with simple things of the daily life. The light of interior or external scenes is extremely subtle.
     
  • Vermeerīs pictures:
     
    Vermeer: The Letter, 1657. Vermeer, The Letter, 1657, 83 x 64 cm, Dresden, Gemaldegalerie.
    Vermeer: Street in Delft, 1657-1658. Vermeer, Street in Delft, 1657-1658, 54 x 44 cm, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.
    Vermeer: The Milkmaid, 1658-1660. Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1658-1660, 46 x 41 cm, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.
    Vermeer: View of Delft, 1661. Vermeer, View of Delft, 1661, 99 x 118 cm, The Mague Mauritshuis.
    Vermeer: The Art of Painting, 1665-1666. Vermeer, The Art of Painting, 1665-1666, 120 x 100 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
    Vermeer: The Geographer, 1668-1669. Vermeer, The Geographer, 1668-1669, 53 x 46 cm, Steadelsches Kunstinstitut.
    Vermeer: The seamstress, 1669-1670. Vermeer, The seamstress, 1669-1670, 24 x 21 cm, Louvre, Paris.

    Written by:
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Licentiate in Art History.


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