Jan Vermeer

Jan Vermeer

Detail of the painting The Procuress (c. 1656), believed to be a self-portrait by Vermeer

Years of life: 1632 – 1675
Art Movement: Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Painting School: Dutch School, Delft School, Guild of Saint Luke
Genre: Landscape , Religious , Mythology , Genre scenes , Portrait
Country: Netherlands
Century: XVII

Today he is considered to be one of the finest Dutch genre painters. Unrecognized in his own lifetime and forgotten until the end of the 19th century.

Only 35 of his original works are known for certain. With a few exceptions, he created small paintings of the corner of a room, but with a unique, exquisite, tantalizing observation of the organization of space, light, and enigmatic human relationships.

Notice, the artist chooses a moment before the action, which is not yet fully realized, which is so often frustrating. The artist gives the viewer the opportunity to speculate on what will happen next. This special gift of picture organization is combined with breathtaking painterly craftsmanship. Our eye captures a harmony of cool and warm tones that seems unintentional.

Jan Vermeer’s major works are Kitchen Maid, 1656–61 (Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum); Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664 (Washington. DC: National Gallery of Art); Lady Standing at the Virginal, c. 1670 (London: National Gallery).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Officer and Laughing Girl

    1657

    Officer and Laughing Girl  •  1657

  • Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace

    1662

    Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace  •  1662

  • Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

    1657

    Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window  •  1657

  • The Procuress

    1656

    The Procuress  •  1656

  • View of Delft

    1660 - 1661

    View of Delft  •  1660 - 1661

  • The Milkmaid

    1660

    The Milkmaid  •  1660

  • The glass of wine

    1658 - 1660

    The glass of wine  •  1658 - 1660

  • Allegory of the Catholic Faith

    1670 – 1672

    Allegory of the Catholic Faith  •  1670 – 1672

  • Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

    1662-1665

    Young Woman with a Water Pitcher  •  1662-1665

  • The Girl with a Pearl Earring

    1665

    The Girl with a Pearl Earring  •  1665

  • Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.

    1662-1663

    Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.   •  1662-1663

  • The Geographer

    1669

    The Geographer   •  1669

  • Diana and her Nymphs

    1656

    Diana and her Nymphs  •  1656

  • A young woman seated at a virginal

    1670-1672

    A young woman seated at a virginal  •  1670-1672

  • Girl interrupted at her music

    1658-1661

    Girl interrupted at her music  •  1658-1661

  • The lacemaker

    1669-1671

    The lacemaker  •  1669-1671

  • The concert

    1663-1666

    The concert  •  1663-1666

  • Portrait of a Young Woman

    between 1665 and 1667

    Portrait of a Young Woman  •  between 1665 and 1667

  • Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

    between 1654 and 1656

    Christ in the House of Martha and Mary   •  between 1654 and 1656

  • A Lady Writing

    1665-1666

    A Lady Writing  •  1665-1666

  • Woman with a lute

    1662-1663

    Woman with a lute   •  1662-1663

  • The Love Letter

    1669

    The Love Letter  •  1669

  • Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window

    1658

    Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window  •  1658

  • A Woman Asleep

    between 1656 and 1657

    A Woman Asleep  •  between 1656 and 1657

  • Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid

    from 1670 until 1671

    Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid   •  from 1670 until 1671

  • Girl with the red hat

    1665-1667

    Girl with the red hat   •  1665-1667

  • The Art of Painting

    1666 - 1668

    The Art of Painting   •  1666 - 1668

  • View of Houses in Delft, known as 'The little Street'

    1658

    View of Houses in Delft, known as 'The little Street'   •  1658

  • View of Delft

    between 1660 and 1661

    View of Delft  •  between 1660 and 1661

  • The Wine Glass

    between 1658 and 1660

    The Wine Glass   •  between 1658 and 1660

  • Woman Holding a Balance

    1664

    Woman Holding a Balance   •  1664

  • The girl with a wineglass

    1659-1660

    The girl with a wineglass  •  1659-1660

  • A young woman seated at the virginals

    1670-1672

    A young woman seated at the virginals  •  1670-1672

  • Young woman playing a guitar

    1670-1672

    Young woman playing a guitar  •  1670-1672

  • Mistress and Maid

    1666-1667

    Mistress and Maid   •  1666-1667

  • Girl with a Flute

    1666

    Girl with a Flute   •  1666

  • A Young Woman standing at a Virginal

    1670-1672

    A Young Woman standing at a Virginal  •  1670-1672

  • Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'

    1662 - 1665

    Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'   •  1662 - 1665

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