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Johannes Vermeer | 179 artworks | Page 4

Arshile Gorky about Johannes Vermeer in: 'A visit to the Metropolitan Museum with Gorky'

"Delacroix spoke of the Greek coin being built from the center out. Vermeer has painted in this way, according to the principles of mass..
How beautifully they are drawn - Vermeer does not just make a leaf and place it in the design, he relates space and leaf. [on the painting of Vermeer ‘Allegory on the New Testament].
That drapery - it is abstract - observe how this shape [a space between a shepherd and the tree] curves around the center space while the tree counter-curves opposite it, cutting an egg shape.. ..the spaces on the carpet that carry no figuration are, in fact, shapes of vital importance in building the whole…"