Reflections by Richard Stade - RStade

23. Jan Vermeer – Officer and Laughing Girl

Artist: Johannes (Jan) Vermeer (1632-1675) Title: Officer and Laughing Girl (ca. 1657) Media: oil on canvas

Comments: In what may be one of the first works of his mature style, Vermeer transforms the theme of a girl entertaining her suitor, already popular in Dutch art, into a dazzling study of light-filled space. The dark foil of the officer’s silhouette dramatizes both the illusion of depth and the brilliant play of light over the woman and the furnishings of the chamber.(13)

Photo Copyright: The Frick Collection

24. Pied-billed Grebes

Podilymbus podiceps Size: L 13” WS 16” WT 1 lb Location (date): Texas (March) Media: Digital Photograph

Comments: The Pied-biled Grebe takes most food by diving either in open water or among aquatic vegetation. This pair was diving for food, staying submerged for 1-2 minutes and then returning to the surface before diving again. About every five minutes both would surface and “chat” to each other before resuming diving.

Photo Copyright: Richard Stade (2009)