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Three Women (Vermeer)
| Image Notes
Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1662-64. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam;
Woman Holding a Balance, 1664. National Gallery of Art, Washington;
Woman with a Pearl Necklace, c. 1664, Gemldegalerie, Berlin.
Detail photograph in Works File in archive.
| Artist's Notes
The first Vermeer I investigated closely was a composition (Three Women) employing three of Vermeer’s paintings: Woman Weighing Gold, Woman with Pearl Necklace, and Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. Woman Weighing Gold, National Gallery, Washington D.C., Woman w/ Pearl Necklace, Berlin and Woman in Blue Reading a letter, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The three paintings have one woman in each, and I arranged them to be all in one room, using the architecture of two of the above-named paintings, Woman Weighing Gold and Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. Each figure had to be re-drawn and re-measured to fit with one another. The Woman weighing gold being the central figure, while Woman in Blue was on the left & Woman with pearl necklace on the right. The main plot behind the painting was to render it as closely as I was able, using only raw umber and burnt umber. Burnt umber, being slightly more transparent, was used mostly for the basic under-painting. I was not so interested in using Vermeer’s technique as I was interested in painting the composition I had designed in many drawings all in brown earth tones, then glazing color over, as though it was a hand-tinted photograph.
With this same technique, I eventually underpainted many more compositions arbitrarily using many Vermeer figures. Now I have determined each room or part of a room that Vermeer used. (Notebook entry, 1978)
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sneed-Hillman Gallery, Rockford, Illinois