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Painted around 1660, View of Delft is among one of the most famous paintings of Vermeer. First, it was a scape painted during the Baroque movement - and that alone was not very common. Most artists from all Europe were focusing their attention to portraits and religious figures, while many were being commissioned to paint chapels and churches. Vermeer was already an interesting artist, as he would paint several mundane situations and ordinary people, removing the element of the sacred or noble from the Dutch Golden Era.
Vermeer achieved immense realism on his representational pieces, so that makes his paintings an impressive historical record of the time. On his three cityscapes, it’s possible to study the architecture and placement of some of the business running in town at the time. This scape shows the city of Delft from an elevated position. It’s possible that the artist produced it from the top of a tower or an attic of some sort. The horizon line is lowered on the composition, giving extra space to the delightful and detailed sky.
The city outline divides the painting horizontally, and it’s possible to observe some rooftops being brightened by the sunlight, while some are still standing in the shadow. It’s an early morning scene, and the light work is perfect in all the parts of the piece. The water shows a blurred yet realistic reflection of the buildings and of the dark boat that stands still on the left side. On the very bottom, there is a shore with a couple of people standing over the vivid sand, and a couple of boats are tied up to the coast.
There are some details added in Pointillism, so we know that this specific scape was painted after the two other scapes that the artist completed in Delft: The Little Street and House Standing in Delft — being that he developed this technique afterward the completion of the two above mentioned paintings. The artist used a very basic and limited color palette. Often, he would work only with the three primary colors: yellow, magenta, and blue - creating from there a rare sense of almost photographic realism. The subtlety of light and shadow on his paintings contrast with the limited color palette and make the scapes look subtle and quaint, but incredibly accurate, to the point where we can study the time and material of the subject matters he painted.
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