WHY DO WE LOVE VERMEER?
What is it about a Vermeer? In this Art Circle, I’m featuring 9 of at least 34 paintings that are currently identified as his works (according to the highly recommend website Essential Vermeer). We know so little about his life, including the identification of the often haunting models who grace his timeless interiors. Engaged usually in everyday activities that by the miracle of art are transformed into extraordinary moments enduring for an eternity.
Notice too each Vermeer is accompanied by a quote from: French bishop Francis de Sales (1567-1622), American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), British author J.R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), French priest John Vianney (1786-1859), American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) and American artist Robert Henri (1865-1929).
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales
A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friends.
Time doesn’t seem to pass here: it just is.
J. R. R. Tolkien
A pure soul is like a fine pearl…
The windows of my soul I open wide to the sun.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Find ecstasy in life, the mere act of living is joy enough.
The object isn’t to make art, it is to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable.