Seeing this painting, how do you feel? This might
be the most famous painting of Vermeer. I remember
that there were no words to say, when I met this
wonderful painting at the first time. Then I noticed
the turban, which has beautiful and bright blue,
and contrast toward yellow clothes. The black of
the background is very dark, but we can see the
delicate light from her front. They are, however,
just factors of this paintings. What impressed me
the best, is her gaze. It was very keen, but looked
like sad. As other his paintings, this girl seems
to be still moving. This painting allowed me to
think that she was about to speak to somebody, smile
but at the same time, she also seems to be scared.
In my private opinions, I prefer a girl who looks
like so-called 'short-lived'. So it might be obvious
for me to be interested in this picture.
At that time, about 5 years ago, I didn't know
just his name. I saw this picture on a book. But
this picture is used without a name of Vermeer.
Then I examined who painted this girl. In fact,
it was not so difficult to find his name, Vermeer.
'cause he is enough famous for also people who don't
have a specialty of arts.
And while I examined little by little, I found
lots of interesting things about him. One of them
is his history. Here I introduce a tiny history.
In 1632, he, Johannes Vermeer, was born in Delft,
Holland. His father worked on silk weaver and art
dealer. Then in 1653, Vermeer married Catherina
Bolnes. Until in 1675 he died, he had 8 children
with his wife. His estate, 19(!!) paintings, bequeathed
to his widow and Maria Thins, who was the eldest
daughter. But, in 1676, when was just one year after
his death, the widow had to pay a debt of "617"
guilders to a baker with two paintings.
These stories show us that he was not so rich,
in fact. Besides he didn't, or couldn't, learn painting
in any other countries, though other many painters
did so. He lived in Holland all his life, and loved
Delft, where he was born. His splendid painting
shows this, "View of Delft." The painters I had
known, almost spent strange lives. On the other
hand, his life, Vermeer, seemed to be very simple
like his paintings. He was just painter in Holland,
and not so rich and spent his life with his wife
and children. He operated a small Bar, and art dealer
as his father. He looks like ordinary man who is
He left just 30 paintings, more or less, though
he had painted for twenty years. I feel sad that
he didn't paint so much. And at the same time, I
feel happy that I may be able to see all his paintings
because of it.
This story was a first step that I would write