Extended Vermeer: The Woman in Blue
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut. Gift of the Estate of George Deem. Accession Number 2013.54.40
| Image Notes
Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1662-64. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The windows are from A Lady Standing at a Virginal, 1670- 72, National Gallery, London. The extended completion of the map to the right is from Officer and Laughing Girl, 1658-60, The Frick Collection, New York.
Variant Titles. Extended Vermeer No. 2 -- The Woman in Blue, the title used at the Jonathan Edwards College Exhibition at Yale University in 2003.The painting was identified as Extended Vermeer, 2002 when it was exhibited at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, November-December 2004, and in the New/Now: George Deem exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, February 9 - April 17, 2005.
Extended Vermeer:The Woman in Blue, 2002 and Woman in Blue, 2000, are companion pictures. When exhibited together, align the map finials in each picture, and hang Woman in Blue, 2000, six inches to the right of Extended Vermeer: The Woman in Blue, 2002, measuring edge of frame to edge of frame.
Inscribed by the artist on the reverse.
| Artist's Notes
Sharon Springs, New York
Now that you are alone doing nothing think of what you can do.
Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.
This painting does nothing but present itself. There is no corner of the room, there are no floor patterns, there are no windows, there is no ceiling, there is no beginning and no end to this painting.
You have nothing to do but look at this painting.
Start an extension.
Starting an extension includes extending all four sides of the painting or it will not read logically. Add a floor, extend the wall to the right, add a window to the left. Continue the chair on the left. Remove the table. Continue the chair on the right and make it sit on the floor. Go slowly and look at what is going on.
Go slowly and realize what is going on.
Keep the center image dominant.
Localize the "Woman in Blue" in the center of the stretched canvas. 18 x 16. 40 x 28.
There now is a rectangle 18 x 16 in the center of the canvas that is 40 x 28.
Woman in Blue.
Extended Vermeer: The Woman in Blue.
I always thought
Chopin wrote music
for one person, as
opposed to Brahms
and Beethoven, who wrote
for many people.
(George Deem, excerpt from unpublished manuscript "September 2001")
The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York
Yale University Jonathan Edwards College Master's House
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York