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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Vermeer: Master of Light & The Milkmaid in NYC to Celebrate Henry Hudson

Jan (pronounced Yon like Von) Vermeer is a 17th century Dutch painter (born 1632, died 1675) who is considered among the greatest who ever lived.  Only about 35 paintings are known to exist - he worked slowly and wasn't re-discovered until 1866.  Many works were most likely destroyed.  

Vermeer is often called "the master of light" for the exquisite detail he paints to show the effects of light (typically from a window at the  left in a painting) on the person's face, the objects in the room and on the walls and tables and desks.  When you look at a Vermeer up close notice how he pays such close attention to capturing how the light falls on a tablecloth, or on drapes and you'll see more texture than you thought possible.  Look at "The Milkmaid" above:  See the light so bright across her chest and then bands of light lower across her apron?

DOG STAR remembers seeing a special Vermeer exhibit in which two dozen were collected from around the world - mostly from Europe - only a small handful live in America.  In New York City, the Frick Collection owns three and the Metropolitan Museum, which boasts five, will add a sixth, temporarily, when Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum loans it "The Milkmaid" in honor of Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to Manhattan from Holland.

"The Milkmaid" on view from September 10-November 29.

Go see "The Milkmaid" for yourself.  The Met will hang it with their Vermeers and other work by some of his fellow Dutchmen who painted at the same time.


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