Friday, April 13, 2012

Vermeer, Johannes

View of Houses in Delft, known as "The Little Street"
c. 1658
Oil on canvas
54.3 x 44 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Johannes, Jan Vermeer (1632 - 1675).
Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life.
Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime.
He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.