View of Houses in Delft, Known as "The Little Street"
Detail, figures of women doing chores; This painting of a quiet street with a few figures occupies an exceptional place in Vermeer’s oeuvre. Straight angles give the composition balance, while the triangle of the sky introduces a sense of dynamism. The old walls, coarse bricks, and white plasterwork are almost palpable. Vermeer nonetheless took some liberties with reality, such as the oversized green shutters. Source: Rijksmuseum [website]; www.rijksmuseum.nl/en (accessed 7/13/2014)
Type of Workpainting (visual work)
architecture, cityscape, genre, Seventeenth century
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