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Artist: Johannes Vermeer (Dutch 1632-1675)

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Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
View of Delft
Johannes Vermeer, The Music Lesson Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
The Music Lesson
Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Jug Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
Young Woman with a Water Jug
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer, The Concert Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
The Concert
Johannes Vermeer, The Love Letter Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
The Love Letter
Johannes Vermeer, The Guitar Player Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
The Guitar Player
Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Standing at the Virginals Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
A Lady Standing at the Virginals
Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Seated at the Virginals Fine Art Reproduction Oil Painting
A Lady Seated at the Virginals
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Vermeer, Johannes
1632-1675

Johannes Vermeer Biography Biography

Dutch genre painter who lived and worked in Delft, created some of the most exquisite paintings in Western art.

His works are rare. Of the 35 or 36 paintings generally attributed to him, most portray figures in interiors. All his works are admired for the sensitivity with which he rendered effects of light and color and for the poetic quality of his images.

Little is known for certain about Vermeer's life and career. He was born in 1632, the son of a silk worker with a taste for buying and selling art. Vermeer himself was also active in the art trade. He lived and worked in Delft all his life. Not much is known about Vermeer's apprenticeship as an artist either. His teacher may have been Leonaert Bramer, a Delft artist who was a witness at Vermeer's marriage in 1653, or the painter Carel Fabritius of Delft. In 1653 he enrolled at the local artists guild

During the late 1650s, Vermeer, along with his colleague Pieter de Hooch, began to place a new emphasis on depicting figures within carefully composed interior spaces. . In early paintings such as The Milkmaid (c.1658; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Vermeer struck a delicate balance between the compositional and figural elements, and he achieved highly sensuous surface effects by applying paint thickly and modeling his forms with firm strokes. Later he turned to thinner combinations of glazes to obtain the subtler and more transparent surfaces displayed in paintings such as Woman with a Water Jug (c.1664/5; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City).

A keen sensitivity to the effects of light and color and an interest in defining precise spatial relationships probably encouraged Vermeer to experiment with the camera obscura, an optical device that could project the image of sunlit objects placed before it with extraordinary realism.

After his death Vermeer was overlooked by all but the most discriminating collectors and art historians for more than 200 years. His few pictures were attributed to other artists. Only after 1866 did Vermeer's works become widely known and his works heralded as genuine Vermeers.

Best known painting: Girl with a pearl earring

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