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Throughout the late 1650s and early-to-mid 1660s, Vermeer's paintings depict figures that convey a sense of inner harmony as they go about their lives in the privacy of their well-ordered interiors. However, with this work, Vermeer used the love letter theme to as a means to explore the anxieties that inevitably arise in human relationships. In doing so, he also introduced a new compositional device, the sudden interruption of a figure's private thoughts by another individual.

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

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