One hundred years ago the name Vermeer meant nothing in the history of painting. His works were not known and were attributed to inferior painters with more impressive names. After hundreds of yearsof neglect, a new personality was admitted to art's arbitrary Hall of Fame.
So it was and is with Vermeer. His name today is among the foremost in the historyof Dutch painting. His works, small in number, are as precious as jewels. That he couldn't find a market for his work in Delft is a fact we regret and can do nothing about.But it is a good and encouraging thing to know that effective research and sound appreciation can regenerate a deserving artistic ghost.