Vermeer was one of the greatest Dutch masters of the 17th Century. Like Caravaggio, the name Vermeer induces deep respect. What is to be remembered is that his works were “rediscovered” after critical re-assessments made him out to be the unsung genius.
His body of work numbers just 35 paintings and that in Canvas years is merely a handful. But the number of artists, writers, film-makers & composers who have been obsessed with him & his life in Delft is stunning.
Let us start with a famous Artist – Edward Hopper (Of Nighthawks & Automat Fame) :
Edward Hopper’s Morning in a City borrows its visual language from Vermeer’s A Girl reading a letter by an Open Window. The window in a corner is omnipresent in many of Vermeer’s works and is a device borrowed from Pieter de Hooch’s works
Tom Hunter, a British Photographer who creates vignettes based on famous paintings has captured the somber mood of Vermeer perfectly in his Woman reading a Possession Order. Tom Hunter’s own take on the photo.
Jonathan Janson is the author of the book “How to paint your own Vermeer” and is also a successful artist. His version of the same painting has a “Young Woman reading Glamour” Magazine
More versions , courtesy Google Images
And finally, the Variants of the painting by none other than Vermeer himself!