– Artist: Johannes Vermeer
– Year: c. 1667
– Type: Oil on canvas
– Dimensions: 53 x 46.3cm
Brushstrokes became freer and more expressive than in his earlier works:
– He emphasized patterns of color rather than textures.
-The face also is treated differently. Its expression is outward and not self-contained.
His composition away from the center of the painting:
– The girl is placed so far to the left that her arm is cut by the edge.
– Light falls to the left and a landscape hangs behind the girl on the back wall.
– The off-center composition is further emphasized by the direction of the girl’s glance.