Jan (Johannes) Vermeer (or Jan Van Der Meer)

1632-1675 Netherlands-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Jan Vermeer (Johannes Van der Meer), son of merchant Reynier Vermeer, was born in Delft. He was married to Catharina Bolenes with whom he had eleven children. There have been suggestions that Carel Fabritius tutored him, which is uncertain; however, Fabritius did influence him; Vermeer also had three of his paintings on his death. There is evidence of using a Camera Obscura in some of Vermeer's images. In 1653, the Guild of Saint Luke admitted him, and between 1662 and 1671 he became a headman of the Guild on four occasions.
Vermeer had a small output, and there are only c. thirty-five works accredited to him, painted over twenty years. He supported his family through his father's business after he died, and was not known to have sold any of his paintings during his life. He gave most of his works away to clear debts. As an artist, his name was almost forgotten until the late nineteenth century when a French art critic named Théophile Thoré-Bürger, supported his paintings in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts. He initially attributed many pictures by Jan Steen and De Hooch to Vermeer. His works are ranked next to that of Rembrandt today.
A colour print of the Dresden painting from c. 1934 in my possession, of a Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window, in the Dresden State Gallery is entitled 'The Letter.'
A family of Vermeer painters from Haarlem are not said to be related to Jan Vermeer of Delft.

David Madden

 

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Girl Reading
a Letter

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

-Maidservant
Holdinga Letter

Lady with her Maidservant Holding a Letter

Lady Writing
a Letter

Lady Writing a Letter

Woman in Blue
Reading a Letter

Woman in Blue reading a Letter

Lady Writing
a Letter

Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid

The
Love Letter

The Love Letter

Girl with
a Flute

Girl with a Flute

Woman Holding
a Balance

Woman Holding a Balance

A Lady and Two
Gentlemen

A Lady and Two Gentlemen

Allegory
of the Faith

Allegory of the Faith

Woman Seated
at the Virginal

A Lady seated at the Virginal

Woman with
a Lute

Woman with a Lute

Woman Standing
at the Virginal

Lady 'standing at the Virginal

Officer with a
Laughing Girl

Officer with a Laughing Girl

The Artist's
Studio

The Artist's Studio

Woman with a
Pearl Necklace

Woman with a Pearl Necklace

The
Astronomer

The Astrononmer

The
Concert

The Concert

The
Geographer

The Geographer

Lace
Maker

The Lace Maker

Glass of
Wine

The Glass of wine

The Little
Street

The Little Street

Music
Lesson

The Music Lesson

Guitar
Player

The Guitar Player

Woman Sleeping
at a Table

Woman Sleeping at A Table

A
Young Woman

A Young Woman

Girl with a
Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl Interupted
at her Music

Girl Interupted at her Music

The
Milkmaid

The Milkmaid

View of
Delft

View of Delft

The
Procuress

The Procuress

Girl with
Red Hat

Girl with a Red Hat

A Lady Seated
at the Virginal

Young Woman Seated at the Virginal

Christ in
the House-

Christ bin the House of Martha and Mary

Diana and her
Companions

Diana and her Com[panions

Saint
Praxidis

Saint Praxidis