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Woman Reading Music
Woman Reading Music
57 x 48 cm, painted around 1935-36

A traditional (non-religious) "Vermeer", partly cribbed from the Woman in Blue in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. This, like the Woman Playing Music, was unsold and found in Van Meegeren's Nice studio a decade after they were both painted. It has been suggested that they were never sold because they were too like real Vermeers as far as subject matter was concerned and thus what a forger might well be expected to produce. The conception of a new type of religious "Vermeer", the Emmaus, was a daring and original stroke which of course paid off.

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