Deem Vermeer (Self-Portrait)
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Vermeer, The Art of Painting, c. 1666-67. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
This self-portrait is one of a number of paintings in which Deem played with elements borrowed from Vermeer's masterpiece The Artist in His Studio (The Art of Painting) of about 1666-67. For this painting, Deem extracted the artist from Vermeer's painting and resituated him so that he appears to emanate from Deem's own head, an obvious reference to the process of inspiration that is unfolding. Deem's placement of Vermeer's figure vis-a-vis his own brush plays on the idea of the artist painting the artist or, in this case, the artists, since Deem is, in fact, painting both himself and Vermeer at the same time. (David Dearinger, exhibition wall text, George Deem: The Art of Art History, The Boston Athenaeum, April 11 - September 1, 2012).
| Artist's Notes
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, Massachusetts
On View Downtown Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana