Picture “Girl with a pearl earring.”. Artist Jan Vermeer

Picture “Girl with a pearl earring.”. Artist Jan Vermeer
Picture "Girl with a pearl earring.". Artist Jan Vermeer - 1

  • Posted by Jan Vermeer
  • Museum: Maurice
  • Year: 1665

Description of the picture :

The girl with the pearl earring is Jan Vermeer. Oil on canvas. 44.5 x 39 cm

   In the portrait, a beautiful and mysterious girl painted by no less mysterious Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. Biographers and art historians still conduct research, discussions and debates about the life and work of this mysterious and talented Dutchman.

   And the popularity of his “Girls with a pearl earring” can be compared with the fame of the famous Gioconda Leonardo da Vinci. Who is this young, pure creature, why for more than three centuries it has been riveting on its glances, freezing on the canvas, on these bottomless eyes, a gentle oval, an unusual headgear and, of course, on the famous earring?

   But, alas, no one will already know this secret, only filmmakers and writers have room for creativity and imagination when creating works on this topic.

The main interesting points associated with this portrait

  •    1. He is assigned to the so-called portrait-troni. This is a genre painting in which an artist draws his models on his shoulders or waist, usually this is done in the workshop and the models are most often anonymous, and the paintings go without a name.

       So, for example, when the Vermeer property was census, this portrait was called “Girl in the Turban” and simply “Girl’s Face”. Also, portrait tones must have some peculiarity – unusual clothes (in our case, an exotic turban), an unusual object (for example, a bird or, as in Vermeer’s work, a pearl earring).

  •    2. Who is depicted in the portrait? Researchers of Vermeer’s life put forward several versions – daughter, wife, maid, lover. Perhaps we will not guess, because it will still remain a mystery. The main thing is that the image is inspired by the love of the author, and the viewer feels it very well.
  •    3. Unusual, contrasting black background. When the studies were conducted, it turned out that initially the girl’s head was surrounded by green – deep and glossy. Imagine how lovely the face of a young beauty looked on such a chic background, emphasizing the special tenderness, warmth and velvetyness of the skin.
  •    4. Pearl earring. Around this decoration still no, no, and serious discussions arise. They argue that this is not pearls at all, because such a huge natural pearl does not exist in nature, and it is more like a metal ball, since glare-reflections are visible in the upper and lower parts of the earring. It is possible that this, for example, silver decoration or cheap coated Italian glass.

Most likely, the author specially portrayed the decoration in exaggeratedly large, to create an artistic effect.
   But the fact is also that, as mentioned above, the picture was not originally called “Girl with a pearl earring.”. The portrait did not have a name at all, not counting those that were assigned conditionally in the inventory of property.

   By the end of the 20th century, when the picture was restored after restoration, it turned out that Vermeer made a slight glare in the corner of his mouth with air pink brush strokes, as a result of which he managed to so realistically convey the juicy lip gloss of a young model.

   The eyes of the girl are unique. From what point would you not look at the portrait, always its hypnotizing, sensual, and at the same time, an open and kind look will be directed at you.

   This work is not entirely typical of the artist’s painting style, and in the selection of colors and in the choice of the model itself, and there is also no major difference between Vermeer – the image of interior items that he always carefully painted.

   Also, there is an assumption that the master wrote a portrait using a technical device – a pinhole camera. Thanks to her, you can get an optical image, although a little blurry. But even if the artist used it, it does not detract from his genius at all, but only adds a sort of Vermeer “cruble” to the drawing and he becomes recognizable.

   This work of Jan Vermeer is an personification, and one can even say, a hymn of youth, youth, only beginning to bloom, so timid and not fully aware of its future beauty and strength. A girl with a pearl earring has long separated from her creator and lives her life.

   You can endlessly look at the picture, come up with and think over its life history, build all kinds of conjectures and still move away from it with some special mood, with a sense of unraveling its mystery.