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Johannes Vermeer Dutch painter of light
Johannes Vermeer Johannes Vermeer
The Geography
1668-1669
Woman 1664-1665

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is one of the most famous painters of the Dutch School.

His works are rare. Of the 35 or 36 paintings generally attributed to him, most portray figures in interiors. Usually there is a window at the left side of his picture; the source of the daylight. He handles this beautiful daylight in a very poetic way. All his works are admired for the sensitivity in which he expressed the subtleties of the shades of light.

Light is the focus of many Dutch artists. Painters as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jongkind, Dibbets etc. are famous for their use of light. The beautiful Dutch light influences the way many Dutch artists work. Awareness of light is the subject of my own work.

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