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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Chasing Vermeer!

vermeer Pictures, Images and Photos

From la Wiki, who else?!: "Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (baptized in Delft as Joannis on October 31 1632, and buried in the same city under the name Jan on December 16 1675) was a Dutch Baroque painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death.

vermeer Pictures, Images and Photos

Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours, sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.

Johannes Vermeer 01 Pictures, Images and Photos

After having been forgotten, but not by some connoisseurs, Vermeer was rediscovered by Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Thoré Bürger, who published an essay attributing sixty-six pictures to him, (although only thirty-five paintings are firmly attributed to him today). Since that time Vermeer's reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age".

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9 comments:

lakeviewer said...

This bio of Vermeer goes with your Dutch vacation too. Are you back home yet?

Derrick said...

Hello Fhina,

The Vermeers are lovely and must be even better "in the flesh"! Hope you're having a wonderful time.

Protege said...

Love Vermeer! But I bet you knew that already.;))
I have read the book and seen the movie, both are excellent.;))
Have a lovely Thursday dear Fhina.;)
xoxo

A Woman Of No Importance said...

I'm back, mes bloggy loves - Missed you like the Diemon Sniep, I did!

See you shortly, just as soon as I have recovered from the rough (very rough!) English Channel/German Sea crossing! Fhi xxx

Anonymous said...

Great Blog!!!
Del Ponte

Artist Unplugged said...

Oh, I love his work....sad that he never knew how appreciated he would be. Hope you are recovering nicely from your vacation!!!

Alan Burnett said...

Some fine paintings there and a useful commentary. Thanks. We must encourage you to go off on your travels more often.

The Machinist's Wife said...

I love these paintings and you know what? I've seen the top one recently somewhere, and I just can't think where? A stranger (to me) popped around to the shop, as we're busy renovating and to cut a long story short - she paints just like Vermeer. She was so modest about it, too.
Lovely post!

jeannette stgermain said...

Vermeer is not my most favorite painter, but there is a streamlined intensity in the designs. You would love the book "I WAS Vermeer" - someone who forged his work masterfully.

Something I wrote earlier...

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