Hommage to Vermeer

Homage to Vermeer

A Study of the Master

A Art is a living and breathing organism. As we grow, we learn from the world and the people who surround us before we discover our own way, apart from our parents, friends and teachers. The same applies to artists, as they start their journey, they study the old masters, their styles and techniques before they discover their own unique styles and artistic signature.

It’s also fascinating when established artists take a brave step and bring their unique vision to the most famous masterpieces. Giving a tribute to another master. If the attempt is successful, it gives us, the viewers, a  joy of discovering something new — it creates dialog, makes us learn more about what was so unique in the original piece.

What is Homage in ART?

Homage is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration, but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic. The term is often used in the arts for where one author or artist shows respect to another by allusion or imitation; this is often pronounced like the French hommage.

Here are a few beautiful examples, the homage to Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer by artist Helmut Preiss. Vermeer’s art is remarkable; it’s famous for the purity of light and form, qualities that convey a serene, timeless sense of dignity and beauty.

The Milkmaid Maidservant Pouring Milk. Vermeer. by Helmut Preiss, c.1996  vs. The Milkmaid, details, by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1660
Girls with a red hatGirl with a Red Hat by Johaness Vermeer, c. 1665/66 vs. Girl with a Red Hat. Vermeer. by Helmut Preiss, c. 1996
Lady-Writing-a-LetterLady Writing a Letter with her Maid. Vermeer. by Helmut Preiss c. 1996  vs. Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, details, by Johaness Vermeer c. 1670/71



Helmut Preiss wasn’t the only one who paid tribute to Vermeer. Here is another homage to the master by Colombian figurative artist and sculptor, Fernando Botero.

the-study-of-vermeerThe Study of Vermeer by Fernando Botero c. 1964  vs. Study of a Young Woman, by Johaness Vermeer c. 1667

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