Vermeer / real VS forgery

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft) Study of a Young Woman, ca. 1665–67 Oil on canvas; 17 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (44.5 x 40 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, in memory of Theodore Rousseau Jr., 1979 (1979.396.1) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/437879

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft)
Study of a Young Woman, ca. 1665–67
Oil on canvas; 17 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (44.5 x 40 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, in memory of Theodore Rousseau Jr., 1979 (1979.396.1)
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/437879

Do these two paintings look like they were done by the same artist?

Did you ever hear the story about the artist during WW2 who did paintings trying to forge Vermeer because Vermeer had recently been “rediscovered” and was suddenly popular? The forger had a respected art dealer who was in on the con game and convinced his wealthy art patrons he found early Vermeer paintings in an attic. The rich people wanted to own a Vermeer so badly they believed what they were told without question. The forger made a nice living during the war when most of the public was suffering. If my memory is correct, even Hitler fell for the scam.

When I looked up Vermeer, I saw tons of photos of the one I saw in DC, “Girl With a Flute”. I think it’s a fake because it’s so far below Vermeer’s standards. It seems there’s a lot of debate about the authenticity of “Girl With a Flute”. But I also saw an article saying that painting is a real Vermeer. It was one of his “early works”.

One of the reasons I think “Girl With a Flute” and this painting “Study of a Young Woman” are both fakes is this, if Vermeer only left the world, what, 30 some paintings? Why would he keep a bad one? It doesn’t make sense to me, so I think it’s not true.

You can find articles that say not much is known about Vermeer’s life, then you can read all about how the model for some annoyingly weak Vermeers was his wife. I  think it’s possible that the stories were made up by the con man art dealer and passed down since then until they are taken as truth. If there are no records of Vermeer’s life how did they know the model was his wife and gave him 15 children? (as stated in one of the articles)

Do these two paintings look like they were painted by the same artist? As an artist myself, with little hope of ever finding fame and fortune, I can tell you, when I look back on my old paintings and drawings, I throw out the ones that make me say, “Oh No! I can do better!”  When I die I don’t want to leave my daughter hundreds of paintings that show my progress. I’m going to only keep the best ones for her. And when I’m dead 500 years and “rediscovered” if there are any forgeries coming out, no one will get away with saying it was one of my early works. I think other artists might feel the same way, including Vermeer.

I say ALL the weak Vermeers are FORGERIES!

Varina Davis’ Angel

This is one of my favorites from Hollywood Cemetery.

This is one of my favorites from Hollywood Cemetery.

I drew her about 10 times in ’07 and ’08. It was difficult because her face is always shaded and her eyes are “empty sockets”. I hope you can see from my camera shot the eyes aren’t rounded out. In the center of the eyeball the circle is cut back. It makes the figure look sadder.

The first few times I tried to draw her head it didn’t work. I went to other angels and filled up a sketch book  with head studies. When I had a few that looked ok I went back to this angel and tried again with better results.

Varina was Jefferson Davis’ daughter. The story is that she was in love with a Yankee boy she knew from before the Civil War. Her Dad refused to let her marry the Yankee and she died of a broken heart.