Vermeer: Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, Poster

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Elegant, luminous, and serene, the paintings of Johannes Vermeer entrance the eye and calm the spirit. The Dutch Renaissance master's command of light, color, and texture has captivated art enthusiasts for centuries. Early in his career, he seemed to aspire to be a history painter, as his first works were large-scale mythological and religious paintings. He then began to paint the genre scenes, and landscapes for which he has become so renowned. While Vermeer's subject matter changed in the mid-1650s, he nevertheless continued to imbue his later works with the quiet, intimate moods he preferred in his early history paintings. His paintings of pale beauties in rich costumes, caught in moments of stillness and silence, are among the most loved works in museums worldwide.

Vermeer: Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, Poster

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This poster is a reproduction of Johannes Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663), on loan from the Rijksmuseum to the National Gallery of Art from September 19 through December 1, 2015.


Enjoying a quiet, private moment, this young woman is absorbed in reading a letter. Vermeer recorded the effects of the morning light with extraordinary precision, as seen in his rendering of the woman’s skin in pale grey tones and the light blue of the shadows on the wall. All of the colors are secondary to the radiant lapis lazuli blue of the woman's night jacket.

  • 20 x 28 inches (image is 19 x 22.75 inches)

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