Vermeer, the exhibition-event at the Louvre Museum
Johannes Vermeer, nicknamed the ‘Sphinx of Delft’ by the French art critic Théophile Thoré-Bürger when he introduced the artist to the world, appears with the benefit of historical hindsight to be more an agent of metamorphosis than a stylistic innovator.
For the first time in Paris since 1966, twelve paintings by the Dutch master, a third of his known oeuvre, are being exhibited together, along with the works of other major artists of the Golden Age to explore the fascinating network of relationships and influences Vermeer maintained with the other great Dutch painters.
Thanks to these exceptional loans granted by the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the legend of the solitary genius artist creating masterpieces in his inaccessible and silent world disappears. In contact with his fellow painters, Vermeer's artistic skill, which surely would not have reached its astonishing degree of mastery and creativity if he had remained cut off from the art of his time, found its context. He and his fellows admired, inspired and competed with one another, developing a dynamic rivalry from which all benefitted, contributing to the exceptional quality of their genre painting.
Seen together, these paintings show notable similarities of subject, style, technique and composition.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, until May 22nd, 2017
At the Louvre Museum, Place du Carrousel, 1st arrondissement
Less than 30 minutes from the Hotel Monge
Open every day from 9:00 to 18:00 except Tuesdays.
Late opening until 9:45 on Wednesdays and Fridays
Photo: Johannes Vermeer, La Laitière, circa 1657-1658. Oil on canvas. 45.5 x 41 cm. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum © Amsterdam, The Rijksmuseum