JAN VERMEERKRISTINA MENZEL Book Number: 90170 Product format: Hardback
There are many unanswered questions about the life and work of Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) and little is known about his life and works. Yet he is considered not only one of the very best Dutch painters but also one of the Great Masters in the history of painting in general. Rembrandt and Vermeer are often mentioned as equals in 17th century Dutch art. Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring is now considered a masterpiece yet the artist was barely known beyond the town walls of his home in Delft. The son of a silk weaver, inn keeper and art dealer, Vermeer must have come into contact with painting early in life. He completed on average two paintings a year and of the probably just 40 works he created, 37 have survived. Remarkable for their detail are The Gold Finch, Conversation in the Street, Children with Golf Clubs, Courtyard of a House in Delft, Diana and her Nymphs and the extraordinary The Procuress. In this, a highly detailed carpet clearly separates the four half figures from the viewer, tempted by the pleasures of wine and love for sale. In extraordinary close up detail the work is reproduced in double page close up of the one of the man?s hand on the prostitute's breast, the other a bright coin in his hand, her palm upturned, and the contrast of his scarlet red and gold braid coat surrounding her shoulders and bright yellow dress. Sleeping Girl, The Little Street, The Soldier and the Laughing Girl, also shown in detail allows us to consider the symbolism, facial characteristics of the one or two figures in each of his interior scenes. And of course The Milkmaid, also seen in close up detail and the extraordinary rendering of the fresh bread, milk being poured from an earthenware jug and the concentration on the young girl's face. Many other artists' works are included for comparisons. Brand new 212 page glossy compact art book approx. 8" square. Colour.
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