October 21, 2021 5 min read

The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (October 31, 1632 - December 16, 1675) is one of the most fascinating artists who ever lived. He lived at a time when art had reached heights of realism previously unimaginable, but his own paintings seem to stand outside this development. The paintings are still, calm, highly detailed, and filled with light.

His paintings are also mysterious. The work of Vermeer has never fit comfortably into any category of art history; it has always seemed to be something else. To make things even more mysterious, only around 35 - 40 paintings are universally acknowledged to be by Vermeer's own hand. He works slowly with great caution. and often use very expensive pigments He is particularly famous for his masterful execution and use of light in his work.

The 10 most popular works by Johannes Vermeer

1. The Lacemaker, 1669-1670

The Lacemaker (c. 1669-1670) is a painting by Johannes Vermeer, now in the Louvre in Paris. It shows a woman in a yellow dress sitting at a table in front of an open window, sewing a silk garment. She is turned toward the spectator with her head slightly lowered. Her hands are busy with her work so she does not notice the viewer.

Vermeer used the camera obscura to create this painting. The device projected an image of the outside view onto a piece of paper or canvas, which Vermeer then traced to get the basic layout of the painting. He changed some things around, but there are no major compositional changes between this piece and what was projected onto the canvas.

2. The Procuress, 1656

The Procuress is a 1656 painting by the then Johannes Vermeer. It is his first type of painting and depicts scenes of contemporary life.

A picture of the love of a mercenary who might be in a brothel. It differs from his earlier biblical and legendary scenes. In 1696, the painting was sold at auction in Amsterdam. named as "A merry company in a room".

3. Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665

Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting dated c. 1665 by Johannes Vermeer. This is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It's also one of the most mysterious, no one knows who the girl is.

Vermeer's starting with an oil sketch on paper, which can still be seen today. The girl did exist. She may have been Vermeer's housekeeper, or she may have been an artist's model.

4. Woman Reading a Letter, ca. 1663

Woman Reading a Letter is a painting by Johannes Vermeer, produced in 1663. depicts a woman in the interior of a room, reading a letter that is held out over the table.

Composition is The light is diffused it does not come from any particular direction, and it offers no clues about the time of day. A map of the Netherlands painted on the wall behind her may indicate where she is reading. Amsterdam has been identified as a possible place for this scene.

5. The Little Street, 1657-1658

The Little Street Vermeer painted it in 1657-1658, at the height of what art historians call his "late" period. It was probably the last painting he made in his hometown.

The painting depicts a quiet street. Shows general characteristics of Dutch city life in the Golden Age. The straight angles interspersed with the triangles of the house and the sky bring the composition to life. The building blocks that make up the house are simple and recognizable bricks, wood, glass windows with stone sills, shutters swinging open.

6. The Milkmaid, c. 1657-1658

The Milkmaid is one of the most famous Vermeer paintings, it was painted in about 1657 or 1658. It is one of his many portraits. Now it's show in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In The Milkmaid depicts a milkmaid. A woman who milked cows and made dairy products such as butter and cheese. She is a young woman healthy body Wear a crisp linen hat. blue apron and sleeves that are pushed up from the thick forearms.

7. Woman Holding a Balance, 1662-1663

Johannes Vermeer painted "Woman Holding a Balance" in about 1662-1663. It is an impossibly perfect painting of a woman holding a balance, and it is one of the few paintings anyone could love at first sight.

One of the reasons it works so well, I think, is that Vermeer used what we would now call an "impressionistic" style. Instead of meticulously describing every detail of what he saw, he suggested some elements and left others out. He tried to make a painting that would make you feel as if you had been transported back in time and were now standing there looking at her.

8. Girl with a Red Hat, c. 1665-1666

Vermeer's Girl with a Red Hat painted in about 1665-1666 is one of the most beautiful paintings know. The colors are bright, but what I notice first is not that it is the liveliness of the brush strokes. Even in still, subdued passages like the girl's face, there is an energy to them.

A depiction of a fancifully dressed model that is not intended to be a portrait of a specific and identifiable subject. But others believe it's a portrait.The woman with the red hat could have been a neighbor who was a seamstress or a shopkeeper, a wealthy merchant's wife.

9. The Art of Painting, 1666-1668

The Art of Painting is also known as The Allegory of Painting, or Painter in his Studio. This paintings created in 1666-1668 despite its name, a painting about art, but the interpretation of The Art of Painting It is usually read as an allegory of the artist's life.

This illusion is one of Vermeer's most famous paintings. This canvas shows an artist depicting a woman in a blue dress posing as a model in his studio. The model stood by the window and a large map of the low country hangs on the back wall.

10. View of Delft, 1660-1661

Vermeer's View of Delft is a picture of a Dutch town in the seventeenth century. The painting is impressive because of its realism. But it is more than that: Vermeer has conveyed a sense of peace and happiness that seems to come from nowhere else but the picture itself. It's as if he had painted not just a scene but an emotion.

The landscape was painted from an elevated position to the southeast of Delft. It may be the upper floor of a house along the berth across the Schie River. it's the morning picture where the sun is in the east (Viewer's right) shine a light to Protestant Nieuwe Kerk ("New Church", right of centre).

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