“A young woman with a jug by the window,” Jan Vermeer – a description of the picture

“A young woman with a jug by the window,” Jan Vermeer – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Jan Vermeer
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Around 1660-1662

Description of the picture :

A young woman with a jug by the window is Jan Vermeer Delft. Oil on canvas. 45.7×40.6

   After the victory of the bourgeois revolution, the national art of Holland almost completely turned to the world of ordinary man. One of those who sang the joys of private existence was Vermeer, who lived all his life in his native Delft among people whom he knew and loved well. He often portrayed women at some kind of homework, and in the same surroundings: a white wall, on it a map, a window, a table covered with a carpet. At the same time, characters perform such simple actions as in the picture presented: a woman opens the window, holding a jug with her other hand.

   The scattered daylight pouring into the room makes the features of the face and contours of objects soft, fills with the depth of paint. As Van Gogh wrote, “… all need a marvelously blue skyscraper and the sun, which flows the radiance of light greenish yellow; it is soft and charming, like a combination of sky-blue and yellow in the picture of Vermeer Delft. ”. Vermeer was attentive to details: the jug reflects blue drapery, and the pelvic surface reflects the carpet.