Finding Comfort in Vermeer’s Quiet Humor
When Arne Neumeyer went through a bad time a decade ago, art was his balm.
“I suffered from a heavy depression,” he says. “The arts—theater, opera, concerts—it was like air I needed to breathe.”
The resident of Munich had always admired 17th-century Dutch paintings. Realizing he had already seen eight or nine works by Vermeer, he decided to embark on a quest to see them all. Because of Vermeer’s limited body of work—34 paintings with confirmed attributions—this goal felt within reach.