Johannes Vermeer – a talk by Jeffery Courtney

Johannes Vermeer,1632 to 1675, born in Delft was a Dutch artist who created paintings that are among the most beloved and revered images in the history of art. Although only about 36 of his paintings survive, these rare works are among the greatest treasures in the world’s finest museums. Vermeer began his career in the early 1650s by painting large-scale biblical and mythological scenes, but most of his later paintings—the ones for which he is most famous—depict scenes of daily life in interior settings. What is it about Vermeer? What is so attractive for us today about this 17th century painter of Dutch domestic scenes? There were lots of good painters of Dutch interiors so what is the magnetic pull of Vermeer’s paintings that appeals so strongly to the mind of the modern viewer? Jeffery Courtney will discuss these questions and try to discover what is the magic which makes Vermeer so special.

Jeffery Courtney trained at the Royal Academy Schools and has exhibited in many London galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Marylebone Gallery. He has work in many private collections in this country and abroad and has fulfilled numerous commissions. Jeffery has made extensive study of painting techniques and has been commissioned to copy works by Leonardo, Rembrandt and many others. He helped design and paint the impressive fresco cycle at Waterperry House, Oxfordshire, and organised the painting section of the prestigious Art in Action festival for 12 years. Jeffery has also run many painting courses and has given numerous talks and lectures on painting over the last 40 years.

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  • Date : 7 October 2024
  • Time : 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (UTC+0)
  • Reg. Deadline : 7 October 2024 12:00 PM
  • Venue : Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End SL8 5SX

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