OIL PAINTING: Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, 1663-1664
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by Vermeer stands out by the simplification of the composition, which does away with the previously mandatory leaden window to the left. Even the chairs and table surrounding the principal and single figure have lost in importance. Only the map on the wall breaks the uniformity. Vermeer's palette has become very delicate and sophisticated. Blue predominates by its widespread use in the woman's jacket.