Johannes Vermeer (1632) and Andrew Wyeth (1917)

Johannes Vermeer 

Johannes Vermeer was born on October 31, 1632 in Delft, Netherlands. A Dutch artist who created paintings that are among the most beloved images in the history of art. In 1652, Vermeer joined The Delft Painters Guild which is also known as The Guild of Saint Luke of Delft; it was first mentioned in the year of 1545. This organization for artists and artisans regulated the commerce and production of potters, engravers, glass makers, tapestry weavers and etc. From the years 1662-1670, Vermeer served as its dean.
During the time he was alive, it was the Dutch Golden Age which is what most of his paintings and artworks reflected on. This roughly was in the 17th Century during and after the war of Dutch Independence.

His early artworks include ‘Girl Asleep at the Table’, ‘Little Street’, ‘View of Delft’ and many more. One of his most familiar painting is ‘Girl with a pearl earring’ which you will see below.


Formal Analysis

Title: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Date: 1665

Location: Mauritshuis, Netherlands

Composition: The space around the figure is very empty which gives the viewer a direct focus in the center of the canvas. Focusing on the young woman, faintly seeing the pearl earring as the light shines on it from the front

Light: The light source is coming from the left side of the team, however it is also slightly coming from above

Color: The colors are well used, vibrant

Medium: Oil on canvas


Andrew Wyeth 

Andrew Wyeth was born on July 12, 1917 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Died on January 16, 2009. Wyeth’s first exhibition was in 1936 at the Art Alliance of Philadelphia. All of his artworks revolve around the land and people that surrounds him, both around his hometown and his summer home in Midcoast Maine.

At the time he was painting, it was roughly during the Women’s Rights Movement which took place in 1848.

Wyeth is well recognized for his painting ‘Christina’s World’ which was created in the year 1948 and is currently in the collection of the MOMA in New York City. All of his artworks capture open land, almost country like if you would go down to Landcaster Pennsylvania where the Amish are and a lot of farm land.

Formal Analysis 

Title: Christina’s World

Date: 1948

Composition: This painting shows an image of  loneliness and desperation. Christina (the women’s in the picture) is surrounded with nothing but land a little farm house in the upper right side of the frame

Light: The light gives off from behind

Color: The colors of this artwork are slightly dull, as to pose to Christina’s pink dress which a pop of color to the work

Medium: Tempera on panel