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The portrait of the girl with a pearl earring is painted with acrylic on a printed background of images. It is a modern adaptation of the painting with the same name by Vermeer. 

The background of the painting consists of decorated Delft blue tiles. The drawings on the tiles tell the story of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. She lived in Vermeer's house and took care of his children (children playing). Vermeer was believed to be secretly in love with her (and she with him) and that he therefore painted her (Cupid). The pearl she has in her ear is not hers, but his wife's. Vermeer submitted it to her because something was still missing from the overall picture. The Vermeer family lived for the outside world in luxury (sumptuous fruit bowl) but that was only apparent because Vermeer took a very long time to 1 painting and only sold a few a year, while he had a large family to support (faded tulip).

The link between the tiles and the portrait is that they were both made in Delft and coincidentally also in exactly the same period. Hence the delft blue tiles as a background. The red painted letters form the word Pearl. On the one hand, of course, because of the pearl in the painting, on the other hand because not so long ago a survey among the population in the Netherlands showed that this is considered the most beautiful painting ever made in the Netherlands. A pearl of a painting!


PublisherAnnejole Jacobs-de Jongh (Jole)
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About the artist

Annejole Jacobs-de Jongh (Jole), born in Breda (The Netherlands) makes modern mixed-media portraits since 2003, on commission for private individuals and companies or as free work. 

Her work consists of 'portraits with a story'. She makes designs on the basis of all kinds of digital images, photos and texts and then paints the portraits on backgrounds printed on canvas. The backgrounds of the paintings are often composed of various layers of digital images, texts and scanned originals from art, history, music, literature or contemporary times.

In haar werk laat ze zich vaak inspireren door vrouwen. Daarnaast maakte ze een serie liefdesparen met de achtergronden van bekende liefdesschilderijen, een serie 'Made in Holland' met de bekendste Nederlanders, merken, items en schilderijen, 'Van Gogh' en 'De Rotterdammers', twee schilderijen waar alle bekende Rotterdamse gebouwen, mensen, evenementen, verklaringen en merken in verwerkt zijn. Haar nieuwste serie "Take your time" bestaat uit compilaties van afbeeldingen, mensen, teksten, foto's en items uit verschillende tijdperken.

Jole exhibits and sells her work directly and through art brokers and galleries. In 2009 she won the first prize in a national competition with the painting by Maxima and exhibited in the CODA-Museum. In 2015 she was selected as one of the contemporary Dutch pop art artists for the exhibition 'Ontpopt' in the Museum van Zandvoort and in 2016 her painting of 'Van Gogh' was selected for the exhibition '125 variations on Van Gogh' in the museum of Breda.

In 2019 Annejole took part in the TV program 'Sterren op het doek' in which she made the winning portrait of Matthijs van Nieuwkerk.

Jole lives and works in Rotterdam.

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New Media, 45x45x2.5 cm (w/h/d)
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New Media, 50x50x2.5 cm (w/h/d)
Prints, 50x50x2.5 cm (w/h/d)
New Media, 100x100x4 cm (w/h/d)
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Painting, 100x100x4 cm (w/h/d)
'The Kiss' - Gustav Klimt
Prints, 50x50x2.5 cm (w/h/d)