VERMEER, Johannes
(b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft)

The Love Letter (detail)

Oil on canvas
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In 1888 Vincent van Gogh wrote to Emile Bernard: "It is true that in the few pictures he (Vermeer) painted, one can find the entire scale of colours; but the use of lemon yellow, pale blue and light grey together is as characteristic of him as the harmony of black, white, grey and pink is of Velázquez."