Artist of the Day- Vermeer

This is a breathtaking painting! I just finished a book, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominik Smith, a good read about the forgery of a Dutch baroque painting. Looking at this painting and reading the author's description reminded me of how much I loved it in art school. The author suggests that the woman's open mouth was 'suggestive' of her role as a prostitute. He also admires how loose the brushstrokes appear and how rich the color is. Enjoy!!!