Officer and Laughing Girl
Vermeer transforms the subject of a young woman entertaining her suitor, already popular in Dutch art, into a dazzling study of light-filled space. Of about thirty-five paintings accepted by scholars as original works by Vermeer, The Frick Collection owns three. Henry Clay Frick purchased this painting, his second by Vermeer, in 1911.
7.25 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches, lined paper inside