"The girl", as she is called, is Johannes Vermeer's masterpiece, Girl With a Pearl Earring, and she's here in San Francisco. Called the Dutch Mona Lisa, she is part of an exhibit of Dutch paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis showing at the de Young Museum January 26 through June 2, 2013. I just love the face of this girl.
Personally, I'm thrilled I'm going to get to see her up close! I'm a huge fan of Vermeer and Dutch paintings. Really, I now head first to the Dutch art at museums to check out the Vermeers and the Rembrandt's. Honestly though I'll admit what got me interested in Dutch paintings was the 2003 film, Girl With a Pearl Earring starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. If you haven't experienced this film, you are missing out. This film draws you in with the haunting music, the gorgeous cinematography, believable story and stellar cast. Adapted from Tracey Chevalier's novel of the same name, the film imagines story of of the pearl girl, Griet, a young maid who comes to work in Vermeer's home and becomes his assistant and muse. You are transported to Delft, Holland in the 1600's and I don't remember another movie experience that so captured a time and place.
|Scarlett in the film.|
Oh my, the ear piercing scene...It's pretty hot. A clip from another great scene below.
|The Milkmaid c.1658|
Vermeer set almost all of his works in his home in Delft. He was especially fond of blue and yellow.
|The Art of Painting c.1665-1667|
This one is a self-portrait.
Vermeer has been accused of using an early camera obscura beause of the highlights and perspective he achieved. However, when he died at age 43, ther was no evidence of one in his possession. He died in obscurity and in debt with 11 children. Only later in the 19th century were his paintings rediscovered and his place alongside the masters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting was established.
Besides the amazing natural luminosity in his paintings, he was unique in his use of dazzling pigments. He used lapis lazuli and ultramarine. He understood that color was never one dimensional and reflected the environment that surrounded it. Notice the red skirt below looks real because he painted ultramarine under the red, giving it a purplish sheen, which would have appeared due to the reflection of the grey walls.
|Girl with a Wineglass c1659-1660|
The pearly light of his works makes everyday tasks look more romanticized. No other artist had achieved such an effect at this time.
|Woman in Blue Reading a Letter c.1658|
Vermeer was able to paint life with all it's variations and tones.
|Mistress and Maid c.1666-1667|
|View of Delft c.1660-1661|
|Young Woman With a Water Pitcher. c.1665.|
|Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window c.1657-1659|
|The Glass of Wine c.1658-1660|
This DVD, narrated by Meryl Streep, takes you on a journey to uncover what makes Vermeer's work so special with x-ray, infrared and other technologies that go beneath the paintings to explore his genius.
|Vermeer DVD Available through the DeYoung Museum store.|
|Girl with a Pearl Necklace c. 1662-1665.|
The colors and time of Vermeer are still inspiring.
2009 was a big year of fashion inspired by Dutch masters...
|Christian Dior Spring Summer 2009 was inspired by Vermeer.|
Love the Vermeer yellows and soft blues. the collars and ruffles.
Vermeer's use of tapestries, reds and shapes figured in this collection by John Galliano did for Dior.
And in Vogue..
And earlier...Marc Jacob's 2007 Vermeer inspired collection for Louis Vuitton...
Others inspired by Vermeer and his colors and light...
|Riccardo Bernardi channeled Vermeer with a hoody and a t-shirt for Schon magazine.|
|Vogue Living's version of Vermeer's Dutch interior 2007|
|Edward Blumenfeld for Vogue c.1945|
|You can order her on a stamp here at zazzle.|
|A French Elle editorial here and below..|
|This Vermeer inspired photo by Hendrik Kerstens won second prize in the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Competition in London 2009. Now that's good recycling. :)|
|Available at Amazon|
A fun kid's mystery about chasing a stolen Vermeer.
I hope I'll get a chance to share about my visit to this show soon. And yes, I'll be wearing my pearls!
Have a great week!