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Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, painted between the years of 1657 and 1659. This artwork has many characteristics that made of Vermeer such a unique and interesting artist and yet differs from similar paintings on some key elements.
This work has a layout that we can observe in several of his most important works, like The Milkmaid, Young Woman with a Water Jug, Woman Holding a Balance and The Glass Of Wine. We are looking into the corner of a room. On the left, there is a window that leads the light into the whole painting. There are several geometrical shapes, some entirely symmetrical to the placement of the room and others breaking the harmony - in the case of this specific picture, the opened window. In front of this window, one or more characters are being shone by its light.
And yet, despite all of the common elements, this specific piece has a uniqueness to it. First of all, if we observe Vermeer’s path as a painter, the primary colors red, blue, and green are present in most of his paintings. In Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, he uses a more earthy palette, using several tones of ocher, red and green. Even the light that enters through the window is warmer and more yellow, suggesting a sunset.
The painting is framed by this thick green hanging curtain, which is pulled to the right-hand side of the layout. There is a large crease on the curtain making it look like a gust of wind is blowing through a breach in the glass window.
This girl doesn’t have her head covered. She has golden hair pulled back on a fancy hairdressing knot with braids and loose locks on her ear levels. Her fancy dress is yellow and black, with thick sleeves and a sort of puffed white collar. Her face and hands are very delicate, and she seems like a petite skinny woman. In front of her, the opened window forms a diagonal line with the rest of the architecture. Through it shines a bright natural warm light, casting a shadow from the window to the wall. From the top, a thick, heavy red curtain falls onto the scene and is pulled back, supported by the fold of the open window.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window 1657, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window 1657 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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