Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, one of those rare worthwhile stand-in-line events, is now on display until January 21, 2018, at the National Gallery of Art, West Building.
For the first time in over two decades, ten original works by the most revered Dutch master and dozens more by his contemporaries are on display to marvel and study the lighting and composition in its raw form.
The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art. They drew inspiration from each other’s painting and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal.
The master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life. Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer’s subjects, compositions, and figure types, in fact, owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities
Some 65 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries—including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, Eglon van der Neer, Caspar Netscher, and Jacob Ochtervelt—are grouped by theme, composition, and technique, thereby demonstrating how these painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement.
The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. Located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For information visit the Gallery’s Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.
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