sunnuntai 1. huhtikuuta 2012

The milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer

Today, more precisely since 1908, you can admire The Milkmaid at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which holds also three other Vermeer paintings: Namely: The little Street, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter and The Love Letter.
With quiet concentration a woman pours milk into a bowl. With her left hand she supports the jug she is pouring from. Around her are various objects: a loaf of bread, a stoneware jug, a basket and brass bucket. The woman is standing near the window so she can see what she is doing. The light falls on her hands; her silhouette is dark against the white wall. There is a fascinating play of light and shadow in this painting. This is one of Johannes Vermeer’s genre pieces in which he establishes an intensely atmosphere. Although the artist observes his moder from nearby, she continues with her work, totally unperturbed.

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