Girl with a Red Hat

By Johannes Vermeer SKU:1331

Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Red Hat" is a remarkable painting believed to have been created around 1665. This small-scale masterpiece portrays a young girl adorned in a vibrant red hat and a captivating gaze. What makes this painting special is Vermeer's ability to capture the essence of his subject with extraordinary precision and subtlety. The exquisite play of light on her face and the delicate brushwork showcase Vermeer's mastery. The bold use of color, particularly the striking red hat against a dark background, adds an element of intrigue and draws the viewer's attention. "Girl with a Red Hat" is a testament to Vermeer's talent for creating intimate, engaging portraits that endure as captivating works of art.

51 cm

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Title: Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Red Hat
Year Painted: 1665-1666

Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Red Hat” is an exquisite masterpiece of Dutch Golden Age painting. Created between 1665 and 1666, this iconic artwork showcases Vermeer’s exceptional talent in capturing intimate moments and rendering intricate details.

The painting depicts a young girl, believed to be Vermeer’s eldest daughter, wearing a distinctive red hat adorned with a large white feather. The girl’s gaze is directed towards the viewer, inviting us into her world of innocence and curiosity. Vermeer’s meticulous brushwork brings the girl to life, with her porcelain-like skin, rosy cheeks, and captivating eyes.

“Girl with a Red Hat” is a rather unique piece in Vermeer’s oeuvre, primarily due to its small size, measuring only 23.2 x 18.1 cm. It is also one of his few known portraits, as he predominantly focused on domestic scenes and genre paintings. This rarity adds to the painting’s allure and significance within Vermeer’s body of work.

The artwork’s composition is both simple and elegant. The girl is placed against a dark background, accentuating her presence and lending a sense of depth to the painting. Vermeer expertly utilizes light and shadow to create a subtle interplay of tones and textures, particularly noticeable in the intricate folds of the girl’s clothing and the delicate brushstrokes of her hat.

Vermeer’s masterful use of color is a defining characteristic of “Girl with a Red Hat.” The vibrant red of the hat stands out amidst the subdued tones, drawing the viewer’s attention to the girl’s face and creating a focal point of intensity. The play of warm and cool tones further enhances the painting’s visual harmony.

This artwork, like many of Vermeer’s paintings, was rediscovered in the 19th century and gained recognition for its exquisite craftsmanship and emotional resonance. Today, “Girl with a Red Hat” is housed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it continues to captivate art enthusiasts and scholars alike.

Vermeer’s ability to infuse his subjects with a sense of quiet introspection and his meticulous attention to detail are exemplified in “Girl with a Red Hat.” Its timeless beauty and technical brilliance make it an essential piece in the study of Dutch art history and a testament to Vermeer’s unparalleled talent as a painter.

Keywords: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Red Hat, Dutch Golden Age painting, Vermeer’s daughter, small size, rare portrait, light and shadow, vibrant colors, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Original size:
18 x 23 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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