THIS WEBSITE SHOWS YOU THE WORKS MADE BY MARJA VAN PUTTEN AFTER WOMEN ON THE PAINTINGS OF VERMEER SINCE 1992!
After the first series of the image of the Milkmaid, kitchenmaid appeared in different ways in my work.
It started in the Jordaan in Amsterdam (1992). I reconstructed the famous, so-called painting ‘the Milkmaid’ of Vermeer in my studio.
I painted the wall and the window of my studio, covered everything laying on the table with bronze paint (with black shoepolish) and whipped cream, copied the plinth with the Delft Blue tiles and put the attributes in the right place. Somebody else put me in the right Milkmaid position.
We discovered that the girl in the pose, painted by Vermeer, never could have pored the milk into bowl, while her face at the same time is turned into the direction of the spectator, as in Vermeer’s painting. She would have made a mess!
Until about 100 years ago, most old masters depicted women with a headscarf or cap. From 2004 – 2008 I played with a number of images from famous paintings and icons to show the women with headscarves in many ways. From paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, but also Little Red Riding Hood, Droste, etc. This creates a broad picture of the veil as a symbol of virginity and hidden sexuality and of the woman between two extreme types, the whore and the virgin. The headscarf can protect, seduce, provoke, trap, discriminate …
Of course, the subject of headscarves today has a political meaning, but my first reference is always the history of painting. I like to discuss the concepts in Western Art history.
Since this project the image of the Milkmaid pops up in my work in different ways.