This artist loved to write genre paintings. I enjoyed depicting everyday life on canvas. But, the truth at the same time never refused portraits. At least one of his most famous portraits is still highly valued and quite popular among fans of Scandinavian painting. This is “Portrait of a Girl with a Pearl.” Hollywood has become as generous and made a film based on this canvas. As for this canvas, it is somewhat frivolous.
The author himself rarely resorted to the services of the pimp, and apparently ventured to show this side of life. Four on the canvas – two women and two men. They all stand at the table covered with a rich tablecloth or this cover, just can not tell. We caught them already when the payment began at the expense of future comfort and that payment was washed with good wine. But not all drink. Only girl which is pretty confused but malleable. And the man drinks, but not the one who bought her services, but the one who came with him to the pimp. But behind them is just a clerk.
An avid person, eager to pay as much as possible. Even despite the fact that she has already paid. The girl is confused and, apparently, such a visit of men to her is happening for the first time and she still does not know how to behave. But the one who bought it is already beginning to make some intimate gestures – he gently took his hand over his chest and whispered something in her ear, giving a coin to his palm. Do I have to say that Vermeer came under a sharp fire of discontent of the nobility and the church. There was then censorship, and it was clearly understood by everyone that what is allowed and not allowed to be depicted on canvases.
Vermeer here ignored the rules and therefore was actually renounced faith. Saved orders for portraits and other more peaceful paintings. Of course, the same “Girl with a Pearl” saved her, but just before it became known that the canvas depicted was not a noble lady, but a simple servant with whom the married author spun the novel. Then there was even more noise, but this is about something else…