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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Vermeer, Jan


Soldier and a Laughing Girl
c. 1658
Oil on canvas
49.2 x 44.4 cm
The Frick Collection, New York

Jan or Johannes Vermeer van Delft (1632 - 1675).
Dutch painter who lived and worked in Delft.
Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes.
His works are largely genre pieces and portraits, with the exception of two cityscapes and two allegories.
His subjects offer a cross-section of seventeenth century Dutch society, ranging from the portrayal of a simple milkmaid at work, to the luxury and splendour of rich notables and merchantmen in their roomy houses.
Besides these subjects, religious, poetical, musical, and scientific comments can also be found in his work.