The maid is shown standing in the mid-ground, behind her lady, with her hands crossed and waiting for the letter to be completed. The relationship of the two figures is enhanced on the pictorial level by the sinuous, shared contours of the figures.
By avoiding anecdote, by not relating actions to specific situations, he attained a sense of timelessness in his work. The act of weighing is one of judging, which is emphasized by the painting of the Last Judgment in the background framing her.
Only after more than seven years of secret negotiations and international detective work was the painting recovered.
Women still fuss at their toilette. Particularly successful is the sub-theme which concerns the relationship between the mistress and her maid who belong to different social classes.
The women remain divided both on the picture plane and in thought. The transitory nature of their encounter is reinforced by the gesture of the mistress who momentarily holds her unopened letter in the air. A popular household manual devoted an entire chapter to the weekly task which was expected to be followed with religious devotion.
However, the fact that they are portrayed so many times in family portraits may indicate that some were successfully integrated into the family, the fundamental unit of Dutch society. He has given us visual clues about her personality, as there is a portrait of Martin Luther and a moneybag hanging on the wall and an open book on the desk.
What makes his work stand out from his compatriots who were painting the same themes and often using nearly identical compositions is, first, a question of light. The same devise animates the early Officer and Laughing Girl.
There are two paintings that are practically twins: Both paintings are lit by a window on the left, and the women are shown in profile. Linear perspective is an all-important tool used to establish a coherent sense of depth to a realist image and to create the sensation that the objects which appear in different positions and at different distances from the viewer.
His lady is waiting for the scales to balance. Differently, in Holland, cleanliness involved the houses of a people both in towns and in the countryside.
Regular scrubbing would prevent furniture and wooden floors from moulding and rotting. Many of his paintings are set in this room. She faces forward and is intent on writing; he faces to the left and is seen in profile with his visage fully lit. The figures, although distinct individuals, are joined by perspective.
A revealing comparison between The Love Letter and the present work can be made. While the two figures are in close proximity, analogous to the two women in The Love Letter, their contours converge but never touch see diagram lower left.
Photography by Margareta Svensson. The effect is so effective that few observers note that the wall could never have received such intense light so distant from the light source.
On the plaster wall in the distance is a barely discernible painting in an ebony frame depicting a still life, which included a foreshortened bass viola.
In both, the letter writers are seated at tables covered with a heavy tapestry. The maid lowers her head towards her mistress in a relaxed, easy-going pose. The elegant author turns her attention from the letter that she writes and looks out momentarily at the viewer. Their importance was such that some towns had issued regulations to settle the disputes between masters and servants.
Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Andrew W. Those two paintings differ from the present work in depicting the lady accompanied by a maidservant who in one case awaits her reply and in the other delivers the missive.
Although recent research has shown a growing concern of Italian writers in the 15th and 16th century for personal hygiene, cleanliness was confined to the higher echelons of urban society. These were meant to symbolize her industriousness, frugality, and domesticity.
In contrast, the mistress inclines dynamically on her left forearm. Art Resource, New York.A Woman Writing a Letter with her Maidservant, by Johannes Vermeer in - | Trivium Art History. an in-depth, interactive study of A Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid by Johannes Vermeer. Woman Writing A Letter, by Gerard Terborch.
Baroque. genre painting. Mauritshuis, Hague, Netherlands Woman reading a letter (Woman in Blue Reading a Letter) The Love Letter Johannes Vermeer • Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid Johannes Vermeer • The Procuress Artist: Gerard ter Borch.
Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid by Johannes Vermeer.
Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid by Johannes Vermeer. Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid by Johannes Vermeer National Gallery of Ireland. Merrion Square West Dublin 2, Ireland + 1 [email protected].
Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid is a painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, completed in – and held in the National Gallery of mi-centre.com work shows a middle-class woman attended by a housemaid who is presumably acting as messenger and go-between for the lady and her mi-centre.com: Johannes Vermeer.
Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid is a painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, completed in – and held in the National Gallery of Ireland. The work shows a middle-class woman attended by a housemaid who is presumably acting as messenger and go-between for the lady and her lover.
The work is seen as a bridge between the quiet restraint and self-containment of Vermeer.Download