Vermeer, Johannes: The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Fine Art Canvas. Sizes: A3/A2/A1 (00591)
High quality canvas available in sizes: A3, A2 or A1
A superior canvas, gallery wrapped using 18mm canvas stretchers for a stunning finish. Arrives ready to hang.
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Johannes Vermeer (1632 - December 15, 1675) was a Dutch painter. Vermeer is also known as Vermeer of Delft or Johannes van der Meer.
Vermeer was born in Delft and stayed there all his life. He was buried in the Old Church (Oude Kerk) in Delft.
Vermeer is after Rembrandt the second most famous Dutch painter of the 17th century (a period which is better known as the Dutch Golden Age for its astonishing cultural and artistic achievements). His paintings are admired for their transparent colours, well though-out composition and brilliant use of light.
Little is known about the life of Vermeer. He married Catharina Bolenes in 1653. In that same year he joined the Sint Lucas painters guild. Later, in 1662 and 1669, he was chosen to preside over the guild. Vermeer did earn a meagre income as an art dealer rather than through selling his paintings. Sometimes he even had to pay his debts to local food stores with a painting. Vermeer died very poor. His widow had to trade all paintings still in her possession to the city council in return for a small allowance (one source even says this was only one painting, also Vermeer's last work named Clio).
After his death Vermeer was soon forgotten. His paintings were sometimes sold bearing the name of another painter to raise their value. Only very recently has Vermeer been recognised as one of the greats: in 1866 art historian Théophile Thoré (pseudonym of W. Burger) made a statement to this effect, attributing 76 paintings to Vermeer, a number that was soon lowered by others. At the beginning of the twentieth century rumours ran rampant that there were yet undiscovered Vermeer paintings.
A3 = 305mm x 406mm or 12 x 16 inches.
A2 = 406mm x 508mm or 16 x 20 inches.
A1 = 508mm x 762mm or 20 x 30 inches.
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