Esteemed thinker: Johannes Vermeer

pancake There are three times of the day that rally the attention of all people regardless of where or who they are; and though some enjoy one of these times more than the others, they are significant to both man and woman. These times are relegated to the sounding of a clock, watch, or grumble of one’s stomach…they are none other than breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

There was a time where eating these meals was common place. Yes, true, some fanfare was made if it was a festive occasion however; the daily preparation was simply considered part of life’s chores. Bread was made from milled wheat, eggs were gathered or bought at markets, and meat was selected from butcher shops, produce squeezed and smelled to ensure it was ripe, and deserts rolled and filled. Meals were elaborate or simple, and those who prepared them went about their business in the same manner the accountant or mechanic would trundle off to work.

Fast forward to today and the preparation of a meal has become a spectator sport. It is marveled and ogled with the same degree of wonderment for the cook that one would think they were on a mission to space. Television shows are endless with audiences tuning in to watch. People travel around the world and viewers observe other people eating. One has to wonder what has happened. Has the 21st century become so conditioned to fast food and microwave heating that cooking a chicken is considered a heroic feat? The next thing you know, setting the table will become a national sport!

Self-portrait (1656)

Self-portrait (1656)

Today’s post brings to you the esteemed thinker: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675 b. Dutch Republic of Delft ) a Dutch artist who lived in the era we now call the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Virtually self-taught, he is considered one of the greatest Baroque painters. He began his career painting large scale biblical and mythological themes, his later work are the pieces we are most familiar with, interior daily life. Throughout his career as an artist he experimented with techniques, his work with light and purity of form are what he is best known for.

And so I bring to you one of the masterpieces of the 17th century, The Milkmaid (1668: also known as the Maidservant). Johannes Vermeer, the extraordinary artist has captured the very essence of a domestic world that was considered quite an ordinary way of life.

Veneer the-milkmaid