Vermeer and the masters of genre painting Inspiration and rivalry

Book - 2017

"A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age. The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art. The virtuosity of these works, as this book demonstrates, was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters working in different cities across the Dutch Republic. They drew inspiration from each other's pai...nting, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal. The Delft master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life. Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer's subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities. Enlivened with 180 superb illustrations, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting highlights the relationships - comparative and competitive - among Vermeer and his contemporaries, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris"--

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Published
Dublin : Washington : Paris : National Gallery of Ireland [2017]
Language
English
Item Description
Issued in connection with an exhibition held Feb. 20-May 2017, Musée du Louvre, Paris; June 17-Sept. 17, 2017, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; and Oct. 22, 2017-Jan. 21, 2018, National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Physical Description
xv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-298) and index.
ISBN
9780300222937
0300222939
Other Authors
Piet Bakker, 1957- (contributor), Quentin Buvelot, E. Melanie Gifford, Lisha Deming Glinsman, Marjorie E. Wieseman, Eric Jan Sluijter, 1946-, Eddy Schavemaker
  • Essays
  • 1. Vermeer and the masters of genre painting / Adriaan E. Waiboer
  • 2. Erudition and artistry: The enduring appeal of Dutch genre painting / Arthur K. Wheelock
  • 3. Emulative imitation among high-life genre painters / Eric Jan Sluijter
  • 4. Acquisition or inheritance?: Material goods in paintings by Vermeer and his contemporaries / Marjorie E. Wieseman
  • 5. Collective style and personal manner: Materials and techniques of high-life genre painting / E. Melanie Gifford and Lisha Deming Glinsman
  • 6. Painters of and for the elite: Relationships, prices and familiarity with each other's work / Piet Bakker
  • 7. The 'Tour of Holland': Visitors from abroad in the United Provinces / Blaise Ducos
  • Catalogue
  • 1. Corresponding love / Adriaan E. Waiboer
  • 2. Pen to paper / Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
  • 3. Musical duos / Eric Jan Sluijter
  • 4. Inviting duets / Marjorie E. Wieseman
  • 5. Strings attached / Adriaan E. Waiboer
  • 6. Private vanity / Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
  • 7. Reflections / Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
  • 8. Innocence and experience / Adriaan E. Waiboer
  • 9. The food of love / Quentin Buvelot
  • 10. Under the influence / Quentin Buvelot
  • 11. Heartache / Eddy Schavemaker
  • 12. Tickled sleep / Eddy Schavemaker
  • 13. Birds of a feather / Adriaan E. Waiboer
  • 14. On balance / Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
  • 15. Interlacings / Blaise Ducos
  • 16. Inspired by youth / Adriaan E. Waiboer
  • 17. Maids and morals / Blaise Ducos
  • 18. Reaching for the stars / Blaise Ducos
  • 19. Back to the viewer / Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
  • 20. Drawn to Ter Borch / Eddy Schavemaker
  • 21. Doorkijkjes / Eddy Schavemaker
  • 22. Social climbers / Adriaan E. Waiboer.
Review by Choice Reviews

This impressive catalogue of a 2017–18 traveling exhibition (originating at the Louvre and concluding at Washington, DC's National Gallery Art) brings welcome and enduring order to a phenomenon in Dutch painting that occurred between about 1650 and 1675: a flourishing of paintings of indoor activities, rendered with extraordinary attention to light effects, color, and texture. Seven essays discuss the artistic exchanges of Vermeer, Gerard Ter Borch, Gerard Dou, Frans van Meiris, Caspar Netscher, and others, revealing their rivalry with one another as evident in shared motifs and depicted actions. These artists wrought captivating and stunningly beautiful indoor scenes of elegantly dressed men and women engaged in upscale, elite endeavors. Depicted alone or in small groups, the figures are engaged in music making, letter writing, lace making, child minding, flirting, eating and drinking, and studying the heavens and Earth. The compositions are meticulously arranged, not casually observed. Written by some of the foremost scholars in the field, the essays elucidate the paintings by examining their artistic, social, material, economic, technical, and artistic contexts. As depictions of intimate communication, these paintings invite interpretation and contemplation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.--A. Golahny, Lycoming CollegeAmy GolahnyLycoming College Amy Golahny Choice Reviews 55:02 October 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Johannes Vermeer (1632–75) is the best known of the Dutch genre painters, whose most prolific period spanned the years 1650–75. His paintings depicting ordinary life are breathtaking in their almost photographic detail. Though Vermeer is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic loner, this title, compiled by Waiboer (head curator, National Gallery of Ireland), reveals through essays and visual comparisons the symbiotic relationship among several Dutch painters of the 17th century. In addition to Vermeer, Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris are all represented. Formulating a comparative study of these artists, with essays contributed by experts in the field to accompany the exhibition in Dublin, Paris, and Washington, DC, Waiboer illustrates how they frequently drew inspiration and borrowed from one another, copying and perfecting techniques with similar subject matter. The 180 gorgeous illustrations depict side by side the different artists' interpretations of the same subjects. VERDICT A beautiful representation of Dutch genre painting and a true enlightenment of Vermeer and his contemporaries. —Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art. The virtuosity of these works, as this book demonstrates, was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters working in different cities across the Dutch Republic. They drew inspiration from each other's painting, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal. The Delft master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life. Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely inisolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer's subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities. Enlivened with 180 superb illustrations, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting highlights the relationships - comparative and competitive - among Vermeer and his contemporaries, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A landmark exploration of the fascinating network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age 

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age  The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art.  The virtuosity of these works, as this book demonstrates, was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters working in different cities across the Dutch Republic.  They drew inspiration from each other’s painting, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal.    The Delft master Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life.  Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer’s subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities.  Enlivened with 180 superb illustrations, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting highlights the relationships – comparative and competitive – among Vermeer and his contemporaries, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age  The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art.  The virtuosity of these works, as this book demonstrates, was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters working in different cities across the Dutch Republic.  They drew inspiration from each other's painting, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal.    The Delft master Johannes Vermeer (1632'1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life.  Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer's subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities.  Enlivened with 180 superb illustrations, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting highlights the relationships ' comparative and competitive ' among Vermeer and his contemporaries, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris.