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Easel Painting (Vermeer)

Medium:Oil on canvas
Size inches:c. 23 1/2 x 19 3/4
Size cm:60 x 50
Location:Robert H. Orchard Collection, St. Louis, Missouri

George Deem … has based much of his work on Vermeer's paintings, studying their color, cropping, pictorial structure, and attention to natural light. …Deem has not subsumed Vermeer's images under his own creations but has celebrated his connections with the Delft master through his imaginative reinterpretations of Vermeer's paintings. In his Easel Painting (1976), Deem has moved the narrative moment of Vermeer's Art of Painting ahead in time. Here, the artist and model have left the studio with the completed painting displayed prominently on its easel …Deem's reassessments of Vermeer's images pay homage to the master, but they also are strangely disquieting in the way they hint at life beyond the carefully constructed confines that Vermeer reveals in his images. (Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. and Marguerite Glass, "The Appreciation of Vermeer in Twentieth-Century America," The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer, ed. Wayne E. Franits, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

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