n°267/ This Is Not A Selfie

April 2017

by Nathalie Azoulai

When he painted the Girl With A Pearl Earring, around 1665, Johannes Vermeer  did not go for a portrait, but for a tronie. What's a tronie? Some head that wasn't meant to be a portrait but a universal representation of a human expression on a dark and neutral background. Right the opposite of an individual selfie. Even though it's not in the current Paris exhibition, this very painting shows something peculiar as if the viewer could not help to fall in love with the girl, because of her look, of her sweet tender eyes, of her sensual parted  lips. Art critics like to consider this girl as an epitome for libido, any libido...

 Johannes Vermeer