Optional - receive your painting ready to hang. Note we are only able to ship framed paintings up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled. If ordered without a frame the painting will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
The Lacemaker, an oil painted over the year of 1670, is to date one of the most important and most beloved paintings from Johannes Vermeer. Many of his artworks showed scenes and moments happening inside rooms and houses. A lot of his work has this sense of the mundane regular life, where we can place ourselves. That alone differs him from the Baroque painters that were producing art in the rest of Europe, showing the holy and divine. Vermeer painted relatable people of the time doing regular home chores, instead of idealized religious figures.
The Lacemaker takes a step further. Instead of looking into the room of a house, as if we were looking into a camera, we are facing the character directly. This piece is very small, 24,5 x 21 cm, so it requires even more intimacy with the observer, that is meant to approach and look at it from the close range to the point that the texture of the canvas is a relevant characteristic of it.
The girl is sitting on a work table, holding some bobbins and putting a pin on the pillow that is in front of her. The girl is entirely focused on her job, and she has a subtle yet satisfied facial expression as if she was very pleased with that moment. She has light brown hair that is pulled back on an interesting coiffure. Two large locks fall down the sides of her head. Her bangs are divided in the middle, and the mass of hair that is pulled back is held in place by a braid. Her pale white skin matches the brightness of her yellow and white clothes. The pieces of cloth and pillows in front of her are dark blue with red details.
There is a soft light shining onto her coming from the right-hand side, for a change. In most of his works, Vermeer would put the light source on the left-hand side, so this adds to the uniqueness of the artwork. The soft light looks natural as if it was coming from a large window, possibly covered by a translucent curtain. The details of the table are portrayed in a warm light tone of brown wood.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Lacemaker 1669-70, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Lacemaker 1669-70 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
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.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive withing 4-5 days from the shipping date.