Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675
Vermeer did not produce many paintings during his life, but the few we have of his are incredible for their detail, treatment of light, and expression. He lived a provincial life in Delft, the Netherlands. He did win some recognition during his life time from the German Government for his art, but he died in obscurity, leaving his family in debt. His art communicates love for his simple subjects and a deep understanding of light and reflection.
“Yes, Johannes Vermeer paints in thin layers – there is no waste effort…Vermeer is not a sun painter, but rather a moon-painter – like Uccello – that’s good, it is the pure, final stage of art, the moment when it becomes more real than reality.”