Maid with Milk Pitcher after Vermeer . It is impossible for me to express the feelings aroused in me by Vermeer's miraculous tonalities and composition. He achieved his effects with a pallette of six or seven colors.
His wonderful yellows were lead tin yellow. Following the work of a restorer-chemist, I had a commercial kiln fire me a supply of lead tin yellow. It is a weak color that is hard to handle. It is no wonder that it was replaced in the 18th century by Naples yellow. But for some reason I have never been able to satisfactorily immitate it.
This painting came at the tail end of my copying period and I hadn't the needed resolve to keep going. I still like it for its colors.