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| Image Notes
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Vermeer, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c. 1670-72, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; The Music Lesson, c. 1662-64, The Royal Collection, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
| Artist's Notes
For seven years I lived in a farmhouse outside the hill town of Cortona in southern Tuscany on the border with Umbria. In Umbria the earth is the color raw umber. Going west from Cortona, across the plain of the Valdichiana, then through the smooth low hills that surround Siena, about forty miles away, one sees the earth turn yellow, the color raw sienna. The bricks of Siena's city walls and pavements and buildings are the color burnt sienna. In Italy I learned the rationale of the earth colors, raw umber, burnt umber, raw sienna, burnt sienna, and their use in constructing a painting: Sienna Vermeer, 1974. (George Deem, undated note).
Raw sienna is the principal color I used in (my painting Sienna Vermeer). It is one of a series of Vermeer paintings. I have worked a lot with Vermeer imagery. I did this painting in Italy where I was fascinated to see that the yellow earth around the city of Siena is indeed the source of the color. (George Deem, letter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wyatt, Louisville, Kentucky, July 29, 1986).
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Harm Bouckaert Gallery, New York
Sneed-Hillman Gallery, Rockford, Illinois