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10 thoughts on “Vermeer (Basic Art)

  1. Doug Wells Doug Wells says:

    The art was amazing but I was annoyed by the writing I think I always bristle at someone telling me exactly what the artist was intending when they painted this or that and what I should be noticing when I look at something


  2. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    Here are the paintings


  3. Chau To Chau To says:

    The rating is 35 close to 40 To be honest about half way I stopped reading the description or whatever the author is trying to explain The text basically just narrates what occured inside the painting aside from the beginning with brief description about Vermeer's life Later on the text is not connected well with the corresponding paintings and those description really does not add much value anyway What matters the most is the paintings The book did a fantastic job putting together Vermeer's works in this book I love that some details in the paintings are zoomed in large scale sometimes covering a whole page It is such a good treat for the eyes It is my first time able to touch and observe Vermeer's works this close and in good printed uality Well this book is my only collection of his paintings but already great enough I accidently openned the book next to a window with plenty of sunlight This doing entirely transforms my experience observing Vermeer's painting The sunlight brought everything to live in his art especially highlighting his skill in contrasting light and dark I felt like myself being captured inside that time and space like the woman in his paiting standing right before my eyes so clear and alive Prolly 4 stars is a bit of a stretch but beauty cannot be rated with a few stars anyway Totally worth for my enjoyment everytime I open this book and look at all these beautiful arts


  4. Brandon Brandon says:

    The strength of this book is in the paintings being Vermeer that is to be expected but the text doesn't compliment the art It breaks every painting down with a scholarly precision but in the process sucks the life out of the paintings One of the reasons I love Vermeer so much is because of his ability to capture people in everyday life with a photographic accuracy One of the benefits of this is that people are captured in in all the flavors of life but the writer chooses to ignore this instead focusing on the symbolism with a heavy hand Gone are the whimsy and flirtations that gave his paintings the soul and empathy that first drew me to his art The text is a little too dour for me and I found myself skipping over a lot of it But the paintings are all here and in the end that is all that matters and all anyone needs to appreciate this great artist


  5. Carmen Eicken Carmen Eicken says:

    I like that this book has color photographs of all Vermeer's paintings However some the symbolism the author reads into the paintings seem a bit of a stretch I did not see that the sleeping woman paining was having an affair and neglecting her duties I think she was just tired from all she had to do It is very interesting is how women were seen in the 1600s and how we see them now


  6. Kayleigh Kayleigh says:

    Just buy this book for the beautiful pictures inside After a while I got tired reading that almost all of the women at the paintings of Vermeer are scandalous Only because of very little details in the background


  7. Dianna Dianna says:

    I did not realize that Vermeer was a precursor to Impressionism


  8. Bookishgirl Bookishgirl says:

    The chapter topicsdivisions other organizational scheme for the content in this thin introductory volume are not intuitive and do not seem particularly useful to me; some idiosyncratic interpretations of paintings – in particular a certain idee fixee of the author’s – diminish the book’s trustworthiness as a guide to understanding Vermeer's work In addition although it claims to be a second edition of 2007 much obviously outdated information has not been corrected since its original publication in 1994 The reproductions of paintings include some helpful close updetail shots as well as informative contextual pieces by other artists in other media — despite the images being inconsistently sometimes incompletely captioned as well as oddly inconveniently laid out within the text Yet as one comes to expect from Taschen books the color reproductions themselves are of very good uality for typical purchasers of the book that is most likely to be the single most important criterion


  9. Phloe Phloe says:

    One of the best portfolios representing Vermeer's dealThe thirty something attributed works are spread few and far between or stolen as in the case of Boston's Gardner theft New York surprisingly has the most paintings housed under one roof five at the Met as well as in one city The Frick owns 4 The Hague surprisingly only possesses three If you've got some time go have a couple pints prior to paying a buck to get into the Met Go peep the five paintings One the best dollars you'll ever spend


  10. Susan Susan says:

    The illustrations were just beautiful How could they not beVermeerThe accompanying text was somewhat interesting but not compelling enough when you consider the subjectI like the art critic to be as enthused and a little awestruck as I am by the art


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Vermeer (Basic Art) ✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Vermeer (Basic Art) By Norbert Schneider ❄ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Surfaces and secrets A spellbinding realism and intrigueThough numbering just 35 known works the oeuvre of Johannes Vermeer 1632 1675 is hailed as one of the most important and inspiring portfolios in Surfaces and secrets A spellbinding realism and intrigueThough numbering just known works the oeuvre of Johannes Vermeer is hailed as one of the most important and inspiring portfolios in art history His paintings have prompted a New York Times bestseller a film starring Scarlett Johansson and record visitor numbers at art institutions from Amsterdam to WashingtonVermeer s subjects focus on daily domestic activities from letter writing to music playing to preparations in the kitchen The scenes astound with their meticulous detail majestic planes of light and with Vermeer s extraordinary ability to draw out narrative intrigues In such beloved paintings as Lady Standing at a Virginal A Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid and most famously the enigmatic wide eyed and enchanting Girl with a Pearl Earring Vermeer evokes not only the effects of substance and texture but also the many stories and secrets that reside beneath the surfaceFeaturing all Vermeer s known works and succinct accessible texts this essential introduction explores Vermeer s leading place in art history and his uniue ability to transform oil paint into a living breathing scene of human lifeAbout the series Each book in TASCHEN s Basic Art series features a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately illustrations with explanatory captions.