Three Hundred Years

These two paintings were created three hundred years apart. The Vermeer was painted more than a hundred years before our revolutionary war, the Snyder as the Vietnam War was winding down. I love them both, and find them moving in different ways. The deep domestic beauty of the Vermeer… and I relate to the sleeping maid, because I am always sleepy. The Snyder’s bursting energy and wonderful colors, it has the vibrancy of a city and the beauty of a garden.

Joan Snyder, ‘Smashed Strokes Hopes’, 1971.

Joan Snyder, ‘Smashed Strokes Hopes’, 1971.

Johannes Vermeer, ‘A Maid Asleep’, circa 1656-57.

Johannes Vermeer, ‘A Maid Asleep’, circa 1656-57.