Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is too often seen as an outlier, despite being part of a tradition and a group of artists painting 17th-century Holland. A new exhibition opens up their world of shared interests and preoccupations, with artists such as Pieter de Hooch, Jan Steen and Gerard ter Borch. The last’s dark Lady at Her Toilet (c.1660) presents its subject as accessible to the viewer, and contrasts with Vermeer’s light-filled Woman With the Pearl Necklace (1664), which takes a straight portrait and transforms it into a timeless abstraction of everyday life.

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE. Vermeer et les maîtres de la peinture de genre.
Paris 1er. 0140205317. Until 22nd May.
Johannes Vermeer, «Jeune fille au collier de perles», 1663-1664 ©BPK, Berlin, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais Jörg P. Anders. Gabriel Metsu, «Jeune homme écrivant une lettre», 1664-1666 ©Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland.

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