girl reading a letter at an open window
Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window is a painting finished in 1657 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
On the first look to this painting, you can see a young girl reading a letter. Light through the window touches her faces and leaves the reflection of her face in the window.
Also, you can see a bowl of apples and in this case:
There are nor so many painters that achieve this kind of intimacy. You can see a girl reading a letter, alone in a room, with the outside world in front of her eyes, and she just focuses her attention in the letter, in what is written there. She is indifferent to the rest of the world, and the stillness she shows I think is quite amazing. She seems as rejecting the world, the room, the house, even herself. She just reads a letter. A letter that maybe she has been expecting long time ago.
The reflection of the girl in the window emphasises the importance of the letter, which becomes the psychological axis of the painting. As in other works by Vermeer, the chair acts to clarify the spatial relations between the elements in the room, in this case the table and the end wall. The open window which reflects the girl’s face projects a slight shadow on the wall, echoing its shape and also helping to define the location of the girl’s face.