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Johannes Vermeer

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Allison Hellwig

on 27 January 2014

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Johannes Vermeer
A Brief History
Delft, Netherlands
father- was an innkeeper and an art dealer
self trained artist
married well; 11 children
paintings sold for high prices
terrible economy in early 1670's
A Maid Asleep (1656)
All pictures from: http://www.essentialvermeer.com/vermeer_painting_part_one.html
Other information: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/verm/hd_verm.htm
lots of shadowing shows his appreciation for the behavior of light
oriental rug- very popular in Netherlands at this time because of trade with Turkey. Reveals appreciation for contemporary art.
peaceful-lack of motion in the room and dark shadowing
use of open door in background gives a sense of intimacy with the room- popular in Dutch art
top: Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)
lower:Girl with a Red Hat (1665)
1660's- women's portrait study series
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Figure and ground perception- the lack of a background puts more emphasis on the girl
Uses light techniques reflecting off of the face to emphasize certain features
The lack of a background makes the view feel closer to the girl
Girl with a Red Hat
More elaborate background detracts emphasis from the girl
Bold colors attract attention back to the girl
The viewer feels less close to the girl because the red hat and the chair she is sitting in makes her seem more powerful and less personable
The Geographer (1668)
uses the window as a source of light in the piece
The oriental rugs occur again
He uses lighter coloring which makes the viewer feel happier and it characterizes the Geographer's free thought
Vermeer's uses the viewer as an onlooker in the situation which is more relaxing
A Lady Writing A Letter with her Maid (1670-1671)
one of Vermeer's last paintings
Uses many elements present in his life's work,, ex: window, lighting dynamics, oriental fabric, women
The two women are looking in different directions drawing focus to different areas of the painting
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