The Girl with the senz° after Vermeer's painting
Photographer Carolien Sikkenk transforms Vermeer's work into the present with the use of the senz° umbrella
The year of Vermeer
Delft's most famous girl is 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' from Delft master painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). This 17th century master of light and famous for his intimate household scenes, spent his entire life living and working in Delft, the city which inspired him. Delft, also the city where senz° was invented and where the ambition to become the world's best and most loved umbrella brand was found.
Coincidence, hardly impossible when you see the two together ...
Could time stand still? Could Johannes Vermeer have known that? Dutch photographer Caroline Sikkenk became inspired by the masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer. Sikkenks wanted to create a series that is inspired by the work of Vermeer, but also retell their narrative.
Combination of contemporary design with Vermeer classic!
In her series of tranquil portraits, Sikkenk succeeds to recreate modern-day versions of iconic Vermeer figures. In order to do so, she uses numerous contemporary motifs by Dutch Designers such as the senz° storm umbrella.
Since both Vermeer and senz° are originally from Delft, Caroline was delighted to combine the two in one grand portrait. Sikkenk continues Vermeer's legacy by making stillness comprehensible and creating a timeless universe in which the girl with the senz° is captures in an elusive, personal and intimate moment.
The senz° part of a fine art collection
Over the past year, 'The Girl with the senz°' has been exhibited at the Vermeer Center in Delft, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, presented in New York as part of AD Art Show at the Oculus and finally in the Oude Kerk of Delft.
Very proud we are for sure of this stunning portrayal by Caroline Sikkenk as well as grateful to be part of her collection. If you want to see more of her work, take a look at her book 'Girls with the Pearls'.