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The painting is an exquisite example of the care Vermeer took to create a harmonious relationship between his figures and their environment. For example, the diagonal fold in the blue tablecloth parallels the woman's arm resting on the table, a pattern of diagonals he continued across the composition with the angled position of the chair. With a similar concern for the relationship of figural and still-life elements, he painted the yellow ribbons on the table so that they follow the contour of the woman's outstretched hand.

Excerpt taken from Vermeer: The Complete Works
by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr

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