"Vermeer's Blue Chair" is a companion painting to my 1994 painting, "Vermeer's Chair." The two paintings are the same size, 28 by 24 inches. In "Vermeer's Chair" I isolated a chair seen in partial view in Vermeer's paintings "Woman with a Pearl Necklace" and "The Geographer." The chair is seen in its entirety for the first time in my painting "Vermeer's Chair."
In "Vermeer's Blue Chair" I have isolated another chair seen only in partial view in Vermeer's "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). The same chair is seen again behind the table in Vermeer's "The Music Lesson," in the Queen's Collection, London. I have presented the entire chair in a frontal view and eliminated other elements in Vermeer's paintings, including the figure.
In my painting the rear wall with the map of Holland is from Vermeer's "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter." I have filled in the area of the map which was not visible behind the figure of the woman by reference to another painting by Vermeer, "Officer and Laughing Girl" (Frick Collection, New York) which includes the identical map.
The window wall to the left with the blue curtain is from Vermeer's "Woman with a Lute" in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The tile floor is from the same painting and, because it is not visible in Vermeer's painting, I have extended the tile floor to the left in my painting.
The blue and white tiles at the base of the walls are from Vermeer's "A Lady Standing at a Virginal" in the National Gallery in London.
(George Deem, New York, February 15, 1996)