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Daily Life Scene in a 17th Century Vermeer Style - Dutch Oil Painting on Canvas

Daily Life Scene in a 17th Century Vermeer Style - Dutch Oil Painting on Canvas

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This tribute painting to Flemish art by an unknown artist portrays figures inside a mansion with a yellow and black checkerboard floor and a stained-glass window with brilliant colours as a backdrop. It definitely reminds the viewers of Vermeer's universe.

The three characters include two knights holding a drink and a woman, likely the wife of one of them. In this painting, the use of a meticulous technique to render human figures and apparel provides the setting for depicting a domestic bourgeois event. But the artwork goes beyond simply presenting a scene from daily life. What sets this painting apart is its use of light and shadow to capture every intricate detail. The characteristic play of velvety textures and light reflects the region's specific weather. The diffuse light coming from the overcast sky, shining through the right window, lends the room a subtly subdued ambiance. It definitely reminds us of the quality of the light found in the Flanders or even in the Picardy or Artois regions.

Flemish art is internationally renowned for its vivid depictions of narrative scenes and unsurpassed technical skills. It often features heroes and chivalric themes, with athletic men and radiant women, portrayed as fresh and spontaneous, yet lacking in grace and distinction. Vibrant, flowing fabrics serve as a framework to activate the striking effect of oil pigments on clothes.

This painting sits in a beautiful custom-made frame. It is signed and dated (1948) by the artist on a parchment paper half dangling from the table, near a vase on which the painter wrote a Dutch saying: "Melck is goed voor Elck" which can be translated by "Milk is good for everyman".

PERIOD: 1940-1949
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 38.5" Width: 64" Depth: 3"
MATERIAL: Oil, Canvas

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