The loss of this Vermeer and the others was discovered just before 9: Precise white highlights glisten from the writing box, pearl earrings, satin hair ribbons, and the chair's brass tacks - all of which lie equally in the middle distance. Her compositional placement thrusts her against the compressed space on the right side of the canvas.
The crumpled letter on the floor in the right foreground is a clue to the missive the mistress is composing. The maid is shown standing in the mid-ground, behind her lady, with her hands crossed and waiting for the letter to be completed.
The painting's canvas was almost certainly cut from the same bolt used for Woman with a Lute. The placid scene with its muted colors suggests no activity or hint of interruption. The elegant interior features a dark green curtain on the left, black and white marble floor with a skirt of tiles, and a large painting of the Finding of Moses attributed by some to Peter Lely, who was trained in Haarlem in an ebony frame on the back wall.
All were in good condition. The representation of universal truths was achieved by eliminating incidental objects and through subtle manipulation of light, color and perspective. Click Image to view detail. Retired Irish army Col. The recovery was made from the trunk of a car rented by three Irishmen and a Yugoslav.
The mistress is painted in precise, meticulous strokes as opposed to the broad handling of the brush used to depict the maid. Some art historians dispute the absoluteness of this view; according to Pascal Bonafoux, while complicity is not "indicated by a look or a smile" from either woman, the mere fact of her presence during such an intimate act as the composition of a love letter indicates at least a degree of intimacy between the two.
Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid exemplifies Vermeer's essential theme of revealing the universal within the domain of the commonplace. Instead of storming the house as Rose Dugdale and her Irish Republican Army compatriots had done inthe thieves broke in quietly, at 2: Above all, Vermeer was a painter of light.
Vermeer shuns direct narrative content, instead furnishing hints and allusions in order to avoid an anecdotal presentation. A calm and columnar figure, she crosses her arms and waits while gazing sidelong out the window. Inthe Dublin underworld stole the painting.
The work was again taken in by a gang led by the Dublin gangster Martin Cahill. However, the Vermeer and other works were recovered eight days later at a cottage in County Cork.
Fortunately, Sir Alfred Beitnow 83, was in London at the time of the theft. In addition, it is his third work in which the drama and dynamic is not centered on a single figure.
Vermeer analyzed the resulting images carefully because they duplicate the selective focus of the human eye. The folded arms of the maid seem outwardly as an attempt to display a sense of self-containment, however she is detached from her lady both emotionally and psychologically.
The mistress is painted in precise, meticulous strokes as opposed to the broad handling of the brush used to depict the maid. A calm and columnar figure, she crosses her arms and waits while gazing sidelong out the window. Art dealer Kleinberger, Paris. The Vermeer, worth tens of millions on the open market, was thus given the value of one million pounds on the black market.
Although he had masterminded many major crimes in Ireland, the Gardai had been unable to pin anything on him. Beit inherited the core of his collection through his father, Sir Otto Beitbrother of a diamond millionaire and partner of Cecil Rhodes, the African empire builder.
The maid's gravity is emphasized by her central position in the composition. It was recovered a week later, having sustained only minor damage. Most of the thirty-five or so paintings that now are thought to be Vermeer's creations share the same setting, his parents' home, which he inherited.
The recovery was made from the trunk of a car rented by three Irishmen and a Yugoslav. The figures, although distinct individuals, are joined by perspective.painting by Johannes Vermeer. Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid (Q) From Wikidata.
Jump to Language Label Description Also known as; English: Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid. painting by Johannes Vermeer. Schrijvende vrouw met dienstbode; Statements.
instance of. painting. 0 references. image. Woman writing a. Jul 02, · Dr Adriaan Waiboer, Curator of Dutch and Northern European Art at the National Gallery of Ireland talks about Vermeer's painting, 'Lady writing a Letter, with her Maid'. Vermeer Thefts: - Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid On May 1,the Lady Writing with her Maid, the only Vermeer in private ownership,was again stolen from the Russborough House.
The maid looks out the window away from her mistress attempting to isolate herself from the uncomfortable situation while her mistress is emotionally involved in the response to a letter hastily cast down on the floor.
Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid is a painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, completed in – and held in the National Gallery of Ireland.
The work shows a middle-class woman attended by a housemaid who is presumably acting as messenger and go-between for the lady and her lover. Vermeer Thefts: - Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid On May 1,the Lady Writing with her Maid, the only Vermeer in private ownership,was again stolen from the Russborough House.Download