Vermeer exhibition sets out to challenge legends
The famous Parisian museum Musée du Louvre is holding a landmark exhibition about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer from February 22 to May 22, 2017.
In the exhibition, 12 of Vermeer’s paintings go on display for the first time since 1966.
The exhibition, Vermeer And The Masters Of Genre Painting, highlights the relationships that linked the painter to other great painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
In fact, Vermeer was not a recluse or a loner, as legend often suggests.
The artist has been presented as isolated and removed from the world, and was even called ‘The Sphinx of Delft’.
It is this expression, coined by French journalist Théophile Thoré-Bürger, who revealed the artist to the world in the 19th century, that shaped this image of the solitary genius.
The exhibition sets out to challenge this view, suggesting that Vermeer was part of a network of major artistes of the Dutch Golden Age who shared mutual admiration and inspiration, as well as rivalry.
These include Gérard Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu, Caspar Netscher and Frans van Mieris the Elder.
All of these artists were active during the third quarter of the 17th century, when the Dutch Republic’s global economic power reached its height.
The exhibition is organised in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA.
The exhibition will be on from February 22 to May 22, 2017, at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.
A painting by Vermeer called The Milkmaid
A painting by Pieter de Hooch called The Gold Weigher