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Johannes Vermeer
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
ca. 1662
Here, My Dear, Vermeer
by Charlie Finch

When Deborah Solomon wrote
about the moat of understanding
between our time and Delft,
deftly she demonstrated
that cool domestic bliss
is an old Dutch treat:
woman, so alive yet so inert,
pouring water out the window
on an unseen laughing painter,
the mysterious Vermeer,
who let Ms. Solomon
don the bonnet
for a moment at the virginal --
sweet reverie, pausing benignly,
looks over Deborah's shoulder:
he'll paint you in a moment,
please hold still.

CHARLIE FINCH is co-author of Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula (Smart Art Press).