Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday and Artist of the Week

Jan or Johannes Vermeer van Delft
b. October 1632, d. December 1675

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

That I recall, I've seen  four of Vermeer's paintings in person. The first two below at The Frick in New York City where they were exhibited for a short time, along one which part of their permanent collection entitled Soldier and a Laughing Girl. Also one entitled The Concert, which is in the permanent collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

 The Milkmaid

 The Glass of Wine
c. 1658-1660

Woman with a Water Jug

The Concert 

Soldier and a Laughing Girl
 c. 1658

 Of the Vermeers I've seen, by far the most stunning is Soldier and Laughing Girl (above). I love the perspective, with the soldier's back turned to us as we gaze at the obviously pleased girl he is talking to. The map on the wall and the window are just right in detail; adding and not distracting from the subjects of the painting. I love how Vermeer paints windows.

 Girl with the Pearl Earring
c. 1665


Essential Vermeer

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bumper Sticker Sighting

Spotted at the annual Garlic Festival in Orange, Massachusetts in October, 2010

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