Tracy Chevalier is the author of international bestseller The Virgin Blue (1997; Alfaguara, 2003), Girl With A Pearl Earring (1999, Alfaguara, 2001) and Falling Angels (2001, Alfaguara, 2002). Born in October 1962 in Washington (USA).
In her childhood began to be attracted to the world of books by writing her first short stories in high school. When she finished high school, Tracy studied English language and literature at Oberlin College in Ohio. After earning her degree she left the U.S. to move to London in 1984. She currently lives there with her husband and son.
Chevalier creates a wonderful novel that blends fiction with reality novel, about the relationship that theoretically could keep the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer with a young maid who comes to serve his home. She becomes the muse of the artist and the platonic relationship established between them served to stimulate the creativity of Vermeer. A world of silence and knowing glances, where the words remain and the union of their souls can feel in every encounter.
In the second half of the seventeenth century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer immortalized in a fabric with a pretty girl adorned with a turban and a Pearl Earring. Her lips seem to crack a smile sensual, but their eyes radiate the deepest sorrow. Girl with a Pearl is a fascinating story of how there is a feeling that moves between admiration and love.
The painter’s personality is reflected by Tracy Chevalier in a human and artistic level. Thanks to her extraordinary work we can see the lines, shapes and motifs of Vermeer`s painting, the techniques used and the social and historical context in which his life developed. All ways to get to the work of this great artist are valid and Tracy get interested in the artist’s work.
The light in the eyes of Griet, the maid turned into muse, contains the most profound mystery in the process of creating a work of art. Tracy Chevalier evokes daily life in the seventeenth century Dutch in this beautiful novel about the awakening to life and art.