Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663-1664) by Jan Vermeer

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter - Jan Vermeer - c. 1663-1664

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TitleWoman in Blue Reading a Letter
ArtistJan Vermeer
Datec. 1663-1664
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions46.6 x 39.1 cm (18 11/32 x 15 13/32 in.)
Current LocationRijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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About Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

Jan Vermeer’s work, ‘Woman in Blue Reading a Letter’, is an oil on canvas painting that was created between c. 1663-1664 and stands at 46 x 46.5 cm. This is a genre painting which depicts a young woman who appears to be lost in thought while reading a letter. The painting is located at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and shows the woman perched up against her settee with a map above her head, an open window to the right, and attention to the letter in her hands.

Jan Vermeer expertly expressed emotion within his style of art – especially with this piece – as the viewers can feel a sense of emotion from her focus on whatever she is reading in the letter. The other details around her like the map, window, and furniture provides depth to this painting making it an even more beautiful piece of art.

This artwork is just one example of Vermeer’s highly-regarded works that showcase his ability for displaying emotion and context for each situation he depicted. For example, another renowned work brought to life by Jan Vermeer is titled ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ which was painted between c. 1665-1666 exhibiting his impressive diversity as an artist.

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