Saturday, April 30, 2011

Vermeer, Johannes

View of Delft
c. 1660-61 Oil on canvas
96.5 x 115.7 cm
Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague

Jan or Johannes Vermeer van Delft (1632 - 1675).
Dutch genre painter who lived and worked in Delft, created some of the most exquisite paintings in Western art.
His works are rare.
Of the 35 or 36 paintings generally attributed to him, most portray figures in interiors.
All his works are admired for the sensitivity with which he rendered effects of light and color and for the poetic quality of his images.