Johannes (Jan) Vermeer By Jung Lee
About the artist: • Born on October 1632 • Died on December 1675 • Nationality: Dutch • He was an apprentice to his father, a carpenter • He attended Delft Guild of Saint Luke.
Challenges: • The Netherlands and France occurred which made it impossible for him to sell his work. • No one was interested in buying art after the French troops invaded Holland. • He only did two or three paintings a year while he had to support himself and his growing family. • His life was burdened by poverty.
Quotes: • “Vermeer’s paintings are so alive. I could stand in front of one for hours and still see something new.” -a museum goer • “View of Delft is one of the great masterpieces in the history of art.” -Arthur K. Wheelock, curator, of art • “Vermeer painted what a camera sees…. He deals with what happens at the blurry edges of our vision.” -Chuck Close, contemporary painter.
References • Vaugh, William. Encyclopedia of Artists. United States of America: Oxford University Press. Inc., 2000 • Powell, Earl. “Johannes Vermeer Working With Composing.” Scholastic Art. Nov.1997: 16 • Pioch, Nicolas. “Vermeer, Jan.” WebMuseum: Vermeer, http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/vermeer