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.
This small yet impressive painting is currently part of The Rijksmuseum’s collection, in Amsterdam, and it is considered to date one of the most important pieces of its collection. Vermeer was one of the few painters that achieved relative fame during his lifetime, never becoming as successful as some of his Baroque colleagues (like Caravaggio for example). Researchers assign the fact that he didn’t die wealthy and prosperous because he didn’t produce as many pieces as other painters of its time. Despite that, he is considered one of the most impressive Baroque artists. Vermeer innovates daily interior scenes, painting them with magnitude and realism. At a time that most painters were pursuing the holy and the religious as their subject matter, being commissioned by chapels and churches, Vermeer focuses his studies on the unexpected routine of daily scenes.
The Milkmaid is one of the most important examples of this development. The scene is entirely regular and ordinary. In it, we see a housemaid pouring milk into a clay bowl. The whole scene is motionless, apart from the milk that is dripping from the jar into the pot. The maid is wholly focused on her job. Her eyes are looking straight to the pouring liquid. She is inside a house with no signs of luxury or opulence. It could be just a regular home with concrete walls. She is wearing a large dress with a lot of volume. The corset is yellow and has thick yellow and green sleeves. The sleeves are pulled up and folded, letting its blue interior visible. The brick red skirt is covered by a vivid blue apron. Her hair is covered by a white scarf, a traditional piece for housemaids.
In front of her, there is a table covered with a blue tablecloth, with a basket filled with bread on it. There are also several pieces of bread and another jar on top of this table. Vermeer often worked around the primary red, blue and yellow palette, creating subtle and bright environments. There is a window on the left shining light from the wall on the left, and behind it, there is a basket hanging on the wall. The light and shadow respect the effect of the light getting into the scene through the window.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Milkmaid, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Milkmaid 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.