Herne Hill Free Film Festival: Tim's Vermeer

How did Vermeer splash realism on his canvas?

In Tim’s Vermeer, Tim Jenison, an inventor, engineer and art enthusiast (but most certainly not a painter) sets out to copy a Vermeer using the same photographic techniques he believes the 17th Century Delft master used. Although a lot is known about Vermeer in some respects, nothing is known about him in others. A well-regarded and well-connected painter in his lifetime, today there are only 34 firm attributions (and 3 questionable ones) to his name. It’s not a fair comparison but Rembrandt, a contemporary based down the road in Amsterdam, made 50% more self-portraits during his career than Vermeer painted paintings! No one knows how he painted – his pictures offer few clues to preparatory methods and there are no drawings attributed to him – but some people have ideas. David Hockney is one, and both he and Tim Jenison thinks it’s got something to do with photography. This event is free and entry is on a first come first served basis, so it can't be guaranteed. We need your card details to store the event information in your profile, but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.


The Prince Regent Pub, Herne Hill

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