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Vermeer

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Lawrence Gowing's classic study has long been treasured for the painterly sensibilities he brought to this greatly loved body of work. Finally the text is available again, with a new foreword and fresh reproductions of Vermeer's paintings.
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 5th 1997 by University of California Press (first published 1960)
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John
I simply adore Vermeer.

Many years ago I saw The Astronomer, at the Louvre, and I have never looked back. Since then I have seen both Lady Standing at a Virginal and Lady Seated at a Virginal [National Gallery], The Allegory of Faith, Portrait of a Young Womand, Woman with a Water Jug and A Girl Asleep [MOMA] and I have also had the pleasure of viewing A Woman Holding a Balance, and Girl with a Red Hat [Washington].

The man was a true genius of his trade, yet his works [except for Girl with a Pear
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Steve
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Gowing is a serious art critic. It's interesting to read his conclusions about Vermeer and his paintings because there are a lot of gaps.
Eric Aguirre
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mi misión es leer todos los libros escritos sobre el pintor de Deltf. Los misterios de Johannes Vermeer me producen una insaciable curiosidad. ¿Quién era Vermeer? ¿Por qué pintaba lo que pintaba y como lo hacía?. En este libro Lawrence Gowing hace un recorrido por todas las pinturas de Vermeer, comparándolas con obras de otros pintores holandeses. Hace muchas comparaciones con el arte de Pieter de Hooch, quien era coetáneo de Vermeer; pero también muestra la influencia de Rembrandt, Caravaggio y ...more
gwayle
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Gowing explores the ways in which Johannes Vermeer was similar to and different from his contemporaries—especially Vermeer's early struggles with genre scenes and his "solutions" (solitary women lost in their own worlds, little human interaction) and the unprecedented ways in which optics and light take primacy in his works rather than recognizability or visual continuity. Gowing unpacks some of the allegory and symbolism in the paintings and identifies both recurrent motifs and shapes ...more
Carol
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, as an artist, I have to admit that Vermeer is one of my favorite artists. And I am thrilled that an English artist, Sir Lawrence Burnet Gowing (April 21, 1918--February 5, 1991) was an exceptional English artist, writer, curator and teacher. (As a student of art history he was largely self-taught.) Sir Lawrence was a trustee of the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the British Museum, and was a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain. In 1978, he was elected an associat ...more
Carolyn Gelland
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Gowing understands Vermeer's characters and the worlds they inhabit--all interiors of rooms--in a very Jamesian manner. He details, at one with Vermeer, how the singular detachment, refinement, the hieratic finesse and immaculate gestures of withdrawal of his subjects, and above all how light is used to convey this stance in relation to persons and the material world-- a fabric gleaming distantly in the air, for example, or the shining ring of a wine glass--render "the very shape of sti ...more
Sue
Dec 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vermeer doesn't seem to have painted much - or at least not many of his painting have survived. They're all in this book and (not to hurt his feelings or anything) there were only a couple I really liked. The Little Street, View of Delft,
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Sir Lawrence Gowing was a British artist, writer, curator, and teacher. Initially recognized as a portrait and landscape painter, he quickly rose to prominence as an art educator, writer, and, eventually, curator and museum trustee. As a student of art history he was largely self-taught.

Sir Lawrence was born Lawrence Burnett Gowing to Horace Gowing, a draper, and his wife, Luisa. Born in Stoke New
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