Vermeer or Johannes (or Jan or Johan) Vermeer is a Dutch painter in the Dutch golden age, around 17th century. Until now there are only 34 paintings of him that confirmed by expert that it is authentically from him.
So....how my journey started?
First, I am not really an art expert or study art thoroughly....I am just someone who enjoy beautiful things...and history...so everything is just my feeling without any expertise experience. I have a chance to go to Amsterdam and visited Rijksmuseum,one of the most impressive museum I have ever been , and I found myself falling in love with the Dutch realistic painting.....the art in the Dutch golden age...kind of painting that you can call it a 3D movies nowsaday, with all the light and reflection.... And it is not just any painting .....I like the painting in the category of "genre art"....it is a kind of art which show things from everyday life....there is no one important...VIP or even identifiable in the painting....it is just everyday life so when I look into all the painting....to each detail...it feel like I traveled back through time. And when you see the real painting you can see the stroke of brushes in the painting....the actual stroke which was put on the canvas at that moment of event .....hundreds years ago.
As previously mentioned that currently there are 34 confirmed paintings of him...they are scattered around the world...dominantly in Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Scotland, England) and the US (New York and DC).....since it's not that far from where I live now....and New York is in my must visit list....so I put it to traveling agenda that....whenever I go to the city with Vermeer....I must visit him!!!!!
.....so let see when....and if I can see all of the paintings that are available to see.
My journey will not limit....or not solely focus on going and seeing the real painting....I will continue on reading.....seeing and looking for the more amazing story about Vermeer's paintings.....what it implies....and life back in the 17th Century ........if I stumble on something interesting I will share it here..
Art....history and culture are things that make us human..............it was not to feed the stomach....it for the heart to be filled.
You can read more about Vermeer here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Vermeer
List of paintings : http://www.essentialvermeer.com/vermeer_painting_part_one.html
More details about Rijksmuseum :
With a lot of love