Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir
“This e-book is a treasure and a consultant. it's a kind of therapeutic for the mind and the heart.” - (Rebecca Lee)
A lyrical and intimate account of ways a poet, in the middle of a foul divorce, unearths comfort and beauty via viewing the work of Vermeer, in six international towns. in the course of a divorce (in which the custody of his younger daughter is at stake) and over the process a yr, the poet Michael White, travels to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, London, Washington, and long island to view the work of Johannes Vermeer, an artist passionate about romance and the interior life. he's astounded via how consoling it truly is to appear heavily at Vermeer’s ladies, on the artist’s courting to his matters, and at how composition displays again to the viewer such deep feeling. comprises the author’s very own learn of Vermeer. via those travels and his encounters with Vermeer’s radiant imaginative and prescient, White reveals grace and private transformation.
"White brings [sensitivity] to his luminous readings of the work. An captivating e-book concerning the transformative strength of art." - (Kirkus Reviews)
"… Figures it took a poet to get it this fantastically, thrillingly right.” - (Peter Trachtenberg)
"A targeted dance between genres...clear and robust descriptions contact at the mysteries of seduction, loss, and the inventive impulse." - (Clyde Edgerton)
Write, i believe. yet she doesn’t, she easily doesn’t, and that’s the top of it. I’m via. a part of me thinks: roads diverged, etcetera. however the basic fact is that I’ve already gotten extra from my travels—from Vermeer—than from anything during this passage of my lifestyles. no longer in the past, it appeared his paintings used to be a dream, a reflect reflecting lifestyles, or a keyhole during which we peer at it. I observe Vermeer is what’s genuine for me now; existence is the dream. manhattan [ April ] 1. The Gaze popping out of.
Time.” “The lion-head chair-backs,” I say. As I say it, I become aware of there’s a unmarried lion-head in the back of the guitar participant, diminished to an easy, darkish silhouette. nonetheless, to me, the repertoire—the home windows, the chair-backs, and Vermeer’s complete dynamic language—seems shuttered in those final nice works. “Or the desk with the Persian carpet within the track Lesson,” he says, “which relatively provides intensity if you see it in person.” “You’ve visible that?” I ask, without warning alert back. “I walked in all places Windsor.
We approached her purple VW convertible, I observed, with a sinking feeling, that my skinny dual bed used to be caught implausibly at the back of it. “Wait, why is my bed within the car?” I requested. “Don’t worry,” she acknowledged, “we’re getting you a brand new one.” ok, i assumed. We rode for a mile or , via more recent and more moderen suburbs, she with a wierd smile frozen on her face. “Look at that lovely lake,” she stated, as though I’d by no means visible Fairview Lake prior to. eventually, she pulled right into a unusual house complicated.
Chalkboards: savory aromas of minted lamb and pork at the bone and Yorkshire puddings wafting down the sidewalks. MARRIAGES 1. Jackie If somebody may perhaps see directly into you, may soak up all of you in one look, what could she or he see? i used to be twenty-eight whilst I met Jackie, a playwright/director/ actress. She was once thirty-seven, a twice-divorced and disappointed high-school instructor. We have been either natives of Columbia, we met, a bit of oddly, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at a.
Me—to stand the place I stand, believe what i think, dream what I dream taking a look into the having a look glass. during this approach, his self-effacing, chameleon-like energy turns out an instance of what Keats calls man’s “negative capability”: “ … whilst guy is able to being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts with none irritable achieving after truth & reason.” The portray stares at us, extra powerfully charged the longer we meet its gaze. however the which means, in fact, is inside of us; a part of the painting’s strength is its.