Johannes Vermeer notecard box (20 cards)
Beautiful notecard set of 20 assorted art greeting cards featuring impressive artworks by Johannes Vermeer part of the National Gallery of Art, Washington Collection. Five 5 x 7 inch (12.7 x 17.8cm) cards of each design complete with envelope presented in a decorative box.
Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675) was born in the thriving city of Delft and lived there all his life. The circumstances of his art training are unclear. In 1641 his father, a prosperous weaver and art dealer, purchased a large house with an inn. Vermeer inherited the inn and the art business when his father died in 1652. In 1653, at the age of twenty-one, he registered as a master painter in Saint Luke’s Guild.
An important artist in the city in the 1650s was Leonaert Bramer, who painted small-scale biblical or mythological subjects. Perhaps because of Bramer’s influence (he may even have trained with him), Vermeer began his career as a history painter, though on a large scale. Carel Fabritius was another important artist in Delft. His scenes of everyday life and inventive use of perspective apparently had a profound effect on Vermeer in the images for which he became famous: genre scenes, cityscapes, and allegories.
By the 1650s Delft’s artistic character was changing. Architectural painters rendered dynamic, light-filled images of church interiors, and Vermeer adapted his subject matter to include cityscapes. The genre painters Pieter de Hooch and Gerard ter Borch, a Dordrecht artist who co-signed a document with Vermeer in 1653, apparently influenced Vermeer’s stylistic and thematic development during this period.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
• Girl with Red Hat, 1665/1666
• A Lady Writing, 1665
• Girl with a Flute, probably 1665/1670
• Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664
Single card = 12.7 x 17.8 cm
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