The Little Street
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||54.3 cm × 44 cm (21.4 in × 17 in)|
The Little Street (Het Straatje) is a painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, executed c. 1657–58. It is exhibited at the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, and signed on the left hand corner below the window "I V MEER".
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The painting is made in oil on canvas, and it is a relatively small painting, of the size of 54.3cm × w 44cm. This the only known painting made by Johannes Vermeer outdoors and the only one that is correctly attributed to Vermeer.
The painting showing a quiet street, depicting a typical aspect of the life in a Dutch Golden Age village. This painting is considered to be an important work of the Dutch master.
Straight angles alternate with the triangle of the house and of the sky giving the composition a certain vitality. The walls, stones and brickwork are painted in a thick colour, that it makes them almost palpable. The exact location of the scene Vermeer painted is not known, though, a study argued that it is the Voldersgracht or the Nieuwe Langendijk. At present The Vermeer Centre Delft is located here. ().