Florentine Window is a technically accomplished combination of layers of free washes and drybrush details, achieving a mass rarely found in watercolours. The technique looks forward to the handling of the oils in the Window Series, and to the mixed media piece, The Fountain at Aix. The glistening surfaces of marble, silver, glass and textile provide a satisfying illusion of solidity by means of reflection, creating form with light in a way reminiscent of Jan Vermeer (1632-75). The original window display itself suggests the longevity of Golden Age Dutch art, particularly genre paintings with their collections of valuable, portable, various and shiny objects, evidence of bourgeois wealth. The venue, however, has changed from domestic to commercial: instead of picturing these items in a home, as they were usually imagined by seventeenth-century painters, they are seen by the artist in an expensive shop window, itself an imaginary picture of a home. The contemporary artist is always painting pictures of pictures.
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