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Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer, 1632 - 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life.   Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime.   He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.

Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow.   He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.

Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes.   As Koning points out: "Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women".

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Johannes Vermeer at Google Art Project  Google Art Project
Rembrandt Van Rijn at Google Scholar  Google Scholar
Rembrandt Van Rijn at Wikipedia  Wikipedia
Rembrandt Van Rijn Images at WikiMedia Commons  WikiMedia Commons

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