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La Tour Vermeer
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut. Gift of the Estate of George Deem, 2013.Accession Number 2013.10.4
| Image Notes
Signed and dated lower left and inscribed on the reverse.
Original title: Patricia Skinner Vermeer, retitled by the artist. Details of image available in B&W photo prints.
Vermeer, The Music Lesson, c. 1662-64 and Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c. 1670-72.
Georges de La Tour, Mary Magdalene with Oil-lamp, c. 1635
| Artist's Notes
That was a fine perceptive review of my pictures at the Indianapolis Museum. ... As for what you did not enjoy, you are not alone in disliking Patricia Skinner Vermeer. That is a much disliked painting. There was even a time when it seemed the Indianapolis Museum was going to refuse to include the picture in the exhibition they disliked it so much. I just came across a poem that links up with what you wrote about the picture's being "sexy" (That really astonished me when I read it). I see that green is a color that disturbs and excites for being as the poet says "an unclassic shade" (I wonder how the Greek tongue was afraid of it!). Perhaps too I should say that green bothers and excites people who live in or come from Southern Indiana, as I notice the lady lives in Evansville. I hope she got to see Patricia Skinner Vermeer, and Green Vermeer. Thank you, Sarah Lansdell, for once again writing so well of my work, I am glad that it continues to give you pleasure. (George Deem, letter to Sarah Lansdell, March 31, 1975)
Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sneed-Hillman Gallery, Rockford, Illinois
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
Merida Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky