Vermeer Paintings

Contest Info

  • Started: 11/2/2009 13:00
  • Ended: 11/5/2009 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 26
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Vermeer Paintings
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 Saturday artists around the world celebrated Vermeer's 377th 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: 11/2/2009 13:00
    • Ended: 11/5/2009 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 26
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
This gallery only contains our top 10 selections from its parent contest Vermeer Paintings. All 26 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Vermeer Paintings Mixed Together

    Vermeer  Paintings Mixed Together
  • Bath With Vermeer

    Bath With Vermeer
  • Woman with a Goldfish Bowl Painting

    Woman with a Goldfish Bowl Painting
  • Girl with an Electric Guitar Old Painting

    Girl with an Electric Guitar Old Painting
  • Vermeer Mixer Maid

    Vermeer Mixer Maid
  • The Geographer Birthday Party

    The Geographer Birthday Party
  • Christina Aguilera Painting

    Christina Aguilera Painting
  • Modern Day Vermeer Painting

    Modern Day Vermeer Painting
  • Delft Attacked by Vermeer

    Delft Attacked by Vermeer
  • Woman in Vermeer Painting Doing Drugs

    Woman in Vermeer Painting Doing Drugs
  • Woman in Vermeer Painting With CD Player

    Woman in Vermeer Painting With CD Player
  • Vermeer's Cubism Period

    Vermeer's Cubism Period
  • Jack Sparrow in Old Painting

    Jack Sparrow in Old Painting
  • The Chocolate Overdose Painting

    The Chocolate Overdose Painting
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Vermeer Jan Delft (born and baptized on 31.10.1632 in Delft and buried on 15.12.1675 at the same place) was a Dutch painter. He worked in Delft and became an artist under the influence of C. Fabritius. Even in early paintings ("Diana and Her Companions", Mauritshuis, The Hague; "Christ in the House of Martha and Mary", National Gallery, Edinburgh), Vermeer strove to combine an elevated system of images with their affinity to nature. The broad sized canvas "The Procuress" (1656, Art Gallery, Dresden) is marked by the unusual monumental embodiment of a bright true-to-life scene, full of young enthusiasm and full-blooded sensuality; Here, Vermeer with dare combines elements of tone colors with huge sonorous stains of pure color. From the second half of the 1650s, Vermeer started working on small paintings with one or several figures in interiors of a city house, flooded with a silver color ("Girl reading a Letter at an open Letter with the letter", the Art gallery, Dresden; "Officer with a Laughing Girl", Frick Collection, New York; "The Milkmaid", State Museum, Amsterdam), paying attention not so much to actions or plot but to the condition, the general lyrical mood of the scene and the variety and riches of the material world. Poetry of day-to-day domestic life, unity of the person with the surroundings are expressed here with extraordinary depth of abstractness; classical clarity and harmony, sharp expressiveness of spatial composition, live vibration of light and air, brightness of saturated clear colors, rich game of the most gentle shades, reflexes and patches spiritualize the world of simple people and household items and indicate his internal significance. At the end of the 1650s, two landscape masterpieces heartfelt, and immensely fine in implementation "The Little Street" (State Museum, Amsterdam) and "View of Delft" (Mauritshuis), shining with freshness and beauty have confirmed the fame of the unsurpassed master of the landscape genre. In the 1660s the creativity of Vermeer becomes more contemplating, exploring a painting - colder, enameled, which withstood in a general pearl tone with bright accents - dark blue and lemon-yellow; such as "Girl with Pearl Earring" (Mauritshuis), the images of comfortably, richly arranged rooms where well-dressed ladies and gentlemen conduct gallant conversation, play music or check the valuables ("The Wine Glass", "Woman with a Pearl Necklace" - Art Gallery, Berlin). In later pictures by Vermeer, allegorism, academic methods and diversity of local colors reflect the general decadence of Dutch painting. The richness of content and the charisma of images were preserved by Vermeer in the paintings of the 1660s which were dedicated to the people of working class, arts and science and translating a self-in-depth of person in the minutes of creativity ("The Lacemaker", Louvre, Paris; "The Allegory of Painting", Art & Historical Museum, Vienna; "The Geographer", Stadelsches Institute of Art, Frankfurt am Main).
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