Monday, February 24, 2014

"Tim's Vermeer"

I enjoyed the documentary film that explores the theory that the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer used a souped-up camera obscura to create his artwork.  David Hockney is featured in the movie and had done a BBC TV series on this topic years ago.  However, the fun part is watching Tim Jenison's painstakingly objective (paint like a machine) approach dissolve into tears when he finishes his reproduced painting of "The Music Lesson."  He, like the artist in the 17th century, had used a helpful tool to create the painting, but it was his heart and soul (not just the craftsmanship) that he invested in the artwork that payed off the biggest dividends.

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