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Johannes Jan Vermeer

Vermeer painting picture

Birth Year : 1632
Death Year : 1675
Country : Netherlands

Vermeer, the finest genre painter of the 17th century, lived in Delft. He was the son of a silk weaver and tavern owner who sold art as well as beer. So little is known about Vermeer that it is only presumed that he was at one time an apprentice to Rembrandt’s pupil, Carel Fabritius. Vermeer had eight children after marrying in 1653, kept the tavern that he had inherited from his father, and painted in his spare time. Vermeer garnered very little, if any, attention during his lifetime. It was not until 1860 that a Parisian art critic published a monograph on Vermeer and brought him public recognition.


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