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Vermeer: The Complete Works Paperback – September 1, 1997
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The writing is rather dry and unemotionally scholarly albeit comprehensive, and can be somewhat boring. I would rather read a more thorough analysis of what each painting was intended to say and how it was made and composed, written with less emotional detachment. At the price though, it's a pretty good book.
The book shows all known Vermeers, of which there are less than forty, usually with several paragraphs of commentary on each painting. The author does a good job of placing each painting in the context of Vermeer's overall oeuvre while discussing the painting's special or unique points. No doubt you'll recognize many of your favorite Vermeers here.
Vermeer's masters are still a mystery although Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt's most famous student, and others have been proposed, but without conclusive proof. We may never know who trained him, but one thing is for sure, early on after being certified as a master of the guild, Vermeer turned from the more dramatic subject of historical paintings to painting the intimate and understated works he's known for, in which people are treated almost like inanimate objects in a still life and the light permeates whole volumes of space with liquid effect. Forever a girl stands in front of a virginal, or pours milk from a pitcher, while the light dances and plays around her.
Someone once noted that Vermeer's spaces are quite empty and uncluttered, but this makes sense if you think about it.Read more ›
Arthur Wheelocks's text incisively narrates Vermeer's threadbare story, givng historical context while providing insight about the paintings themselves. I'm not sure he should have included the controversial St. Praxedis, for many scholars have rejected its attribution to Vermeer. But his commentary as well as his methodology for dating the paintings is informed by the best scholarship, for Wheelock has been at the forefront over the last several decades in bringing Vermeer to the public at large.
Given the price, this book is a terrific value. It can be used on the coffee table and as an essentail companion when reading other volumes about Vermeer. Better still, take it with you as you visit personally all the Vermeers in the New York (the Metropolitan and the Frick) and Washington, DC( the National Gallery) museums.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book for Vermeer aficionados. The photos are large and beautiful.Published 9 months ago by S. Weaver
I am quite fond of Vemeer's work and this book showed all.Published 9 months ago by Caitlin Metcalf
A great value, complete works of a masterful artist with relevant history. Its' a good size with nice color reproductions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Abraham
Wonderful images, from painter that really did seem to paint with light. He had a small amount of work in his life but what he did is profound. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stevie Moon
I love Vermeer and his superb talent. I have always been a fan, so I decided to get this book. It is huge! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jed