Many years back, I used to walk past this bookstore often. Sometimes, with an unhurried pace for window shopping, but not to buy any books to read.
And this particular portrait paintings on the cover page of a music book, is far more catchy than those models for feminine magazines.
Any random view by the glass window for all displayed, the portrait image will not slip out of my sight.
Quite possibly her flirtatious expression has enthralled my attention too.
A book written a thousand words to be read, but a picture can easily tell a thousand words even to an illiterate layman.
The portrait paintings has left an unforgettable impression. Almost get imprinted on my mind for over 25 years. Here is how the image of paintings looks.
First, the baroque guitar that caught my attention, because I was learning classical nylon-strings guitar at that time. Common interest, self-explanatory for the connection.
Next, comes the subject of a Dutch-looking young girl embracing the guitar gently. She look flawless with porcelain complexion, pair of lipped eyes, and a moderately distinctive aquiline nose.
Perfect beauty as though one might believes she never exist in reality.
The bothering question at that time was who painted the portrait, the artist’s style and techniques, and what’s the name of the paintings.
I seriously have no idea, back then.
Ignorance was not my excuse. Couldn’t afford to own bookshelf of Encyclopedia Britannica.
My knowledge for fine arts was limited and inexperience.
It was not an advertisement for selling beauty cream that work like miracles.
However, the image constantly appeared here and there over the years; in offline magazines, newspaper, and some art calendars.
Now with the boundless internet, it is making it more appealing to my interest for this portrait paintings.
The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermeer
Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. ~ Source: Wikipedia