Jacobus Vrel. Looking for Clues of an Enigmatic Painter

Jacobus Vrel. Looking for Clues of an Enigmatic Painter

Editorial: Stolpe Publishing

Páginas: 256

Año: 2021

EAN: 9783777435879

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His pictures look curious, his figures introverted and his street scenes strangely stage-like. Jacobus Vrel records everyday life in Holland during the 17th century, and creates quirky worlds at the same time. This volume presents the fascinating complete œuvre of a painter whose works were thought during the 19th century to have been painted by Vermeer. Jacobus Vrel is like a phantom. No written sources describing the artist or his work have ever been discovered. His existence is documented only by some fifty surviving works which can hardly be compared with those of his contemporaries. His works, in their austerity and sometimes oppressive silence, seem unexpectedly modern and have been compared to the paintings of Vilhelm Hammershøi. With investigative flair and drawing on extensive technical examinations of the paintings, this book explores the mysterious pictures of this recently rediscovered painter.