Modern Vermeer

Contest Info

  • Started: 11/1/2010 10:30
  • Ended: 11/4/2010 17:15
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 35
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Modern Vermeer
Contest Directions: October 31 is famous not just as Halloween day, it is also the birthday of Jan Vermeer - one of the greatest artists of the Dutch Golden Age - the author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "Milkmaid", "A Lady Writing a Letter", "The Astronomer", and numerous paintings of domestic ordinary life. Past Sunday artists around the world celebrated Vermeer's 378th birthday.
In this contest you are asked to show how works by Jan Vermeer would look if he created them these days. Show his modernized work created simply for art (celebrity portraits, etc.), or for commercial purposes (advertising, political campaigns, etc.). These are just some ideas.

Contest Info

    • Started: 11/1/2010 10:30
    • Ended: 11/4/2010 17:15
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 35
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
35 pictures
  • Jessica Alba Portrait

    Jessica Alba Portrait
  • Hillary Clinton Painting

    Hillary Clinton Painting
  • Painting an Astronaut National Geographic Magazine

    Painting an Astronaut National Geographic Magazine
  • Vermeer of Lesbos

    Vermeer of Lesbos
  • The Punk Guitar Player

    The Punk Guitar Player
  • Sophia Loren and Paris Hilton Painting

    Sophia Loren and Paris Hilton Painting
  • Magic 8 Ball in Vermeer Painting

    Magic 8 Ball in Vermeer Painting
  • Slash Playing Guitar Painting

    Slash Playing Guitar Painting
  • Modern Photoshop Manipulation Vermeer

    Modern Photoshop Manipulation Vermeer
  • Barack Obama in a Woman's Hat

    Barack Obama in a Woman's Hat
35 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Johannes Vermeer Delft was born in 1632 in the Dutch city of Delft into a well-to-do businessmen's family. Probably, Vermeer learnt the art of painting from the popular artist C. Fabritius. In 1653, young Johannes Vermeer was accepted as a member of the Guild of Saint Luke and from 1662-1671, Vermeer became the head of the guild. Twice, he was reelected as President of the guild. Earlier creations of Vermeer ("Christ in the House of Martha and Mary", 1655, National Gallery, Edinburgh) belong to the European repertoire of that time and characteristic of the artist's creativity on the whole. Even though Johannes Vermeer did not paint a single still life painting as a finished picture, he was reckoned as the best artist of this genre. On completion of his artistic creations the artist incorporated still life in them in a limited way: a bowl with fruit, a jug and a crumpled napkin ("A Girl Asleep") or apples and peaches rolling down from an inclined bowl ("Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window"). Johannes Vermeer was married to Catherina Bolnes and the couple had 15 children. Painting did not bring him enough income sufficient to raise a large family. Due to this, Vermeer was compelled to continue the trading business of his father. The French war and the 1672 crisis completely ruined him. It's quite possible that the French War and the 1672 crisis played their part in speeding up the end of Vermeer, who died of heart attack on December 16, 1675.