The Easel

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Coming from regional Delft and with little known about his background, Vermeer somehow got the reputation as a loner. Except it seems he wasn’t. A Paris exhibition demonstrates amply his close interactions with other contemporary Dutch artists. That doesn’t mean his works were the same as theirs. To modern eyes, his sublime interiors look “hypnotic and intimate … a sense of time nearly stopped”. Multiple images are here.