Ver­meer ex­hi­bi­tion sets out to chal­lenge leg­ends

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Lifestyle -

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

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