|During the whole course, we have all realized that there are many art compositions that are based in Vermeer’s paintings. Here, I have tried to collect some of the most important ones that are based in the painting that I have been working on during these months “Woman in blue reading a letter”. This would be the two poems and the novel and then I will include some photographs based on another painting of Vermeer that has many similarities with “Woman in blue reading a letter”, which is “Woman reading at the window”.
This first poem was created by Bob Chapel and it is clearly based on Vermeer’s masterpiece:
The following poem is called “Woman in blue” and it was composed by Joan Siegel about “Woman in blue reading a letter”.
Woman in Blue
She travels toward him
only so far as her hands
have traveled the map
so far as her hands
have traveled the contours
of his body.
His voice fills the room
as though he were seated
in one of the empty carved chairs.
Brightness rises like moonlight
over her blue smock, the belly
that houses the child in its own
world, like the mother’s, distant
from the world of the father
as the evening star.
The Mother of Joan of Arc
She walks one hundred miles
to kneel at the statue of Mary.
In Le Puy’s cold cathedral,
she prays for her daughter,
one mother to another.
is the mother’s longing–
as it was at the birth
that first ripped her open–
what her body made
not see the flesh
of her flesh
The following work is a book called “Girl in Hyacinth blue” written by Susan Vreeland.
“For readers interested in art and history, Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a must read. Author Susan Vreeland traces ownership of a Vermeer painting from the present through each owner in reverse chronology to its seventeenth century Dutch artist. The painting has a complex history, told chapter by chapter in stories of each owner and describes the profound effect the painting had on each one. These stories depict ordinary details with clarity of a Vermeer work of art. Each chapter could stand on its own, like a little gift to the reader. Vreeland is an extremely skilled historical fiction writer, but this book challenges us to think about the function and purpose of art.”
And finally, these are two pictures taken by the famous photographer Tom Hunter and Jonathan Janson. Though them, they try to imitate in a photography Vermeer’s “Woman in blue reading a letter”, each of one in a different way.
“Woman Reading a Repossession Order”
- Vermeer’s Woman in blue reading a letter. The poem hunter. Retrieved: April 10, 2011 at 16:30 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/vermeer-s-woman-in-blue-reading-a-letter/
- Woman in blue. In quiet light: poems on Vermeer’s women. Retrieved: April 12, 2011 at 19:30 from http://books.google.es/books?id=w7uXAbqfNkQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=marilyn+chandler+mcentyre+-+in+quiet+light%3A+poems+on+Vermeer%27s+women&hl=es&ei=-7BZTbv2Lca1hAevl9TeDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false and https://vermeer0708.wordpress.com/woman-in-blue-reading-a-letter/
- Vreeland, Susan. Girl in Hyacinth blue. Retrieved: April 20, 2011 at 20:45 from http://www.cmlibrary.org/readers_club/reviews/tresults.asp?id=1496
- Hunter, Tom. “Woman Reading a Repossession Order”. Retrieved: April 22, 2011 at 15:30 from http://www.readingwoman.org/en/cols/2005/8.html