She is at the moment of drinking and as she has half her face covered with the cloth on her hair and the glass, the viewer cannot appreciate any gesture on her face that could indicate what she is thinking or feeling at that precise moment. But lemons were also used to sweeten and temper wine, in this respect they serve symbolically to indicate the importance of moderating one's behavior, a meaning which would be in contrast to the first. Other critics, oppositely, have viewed the girl as a romantic victim. However, Vermeer's work breaks away from the prototypes of De Hooch in that the interior is rendered in a far more elegant and higher-class setting than the older master's works. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Dutch painting European painters in Vermeer's time painters of Europe: Catharina Bolnes, Vermeer's wife, owned one such gown made of black clothe, most probably for mourning.
One of the most remarkable features is the portrait that Vermeer includes since this was the only time when Vermeer drew a picture-within-a-picture in one of his works.
The Girl with a Wineglass
Woman Drinking with Soldiers Pieter de Hooch 69 x 60 cm. The rogue smile of the girl might indicate that in here, it is much more the patron who is being seduced rather than the girl. This time, it will be very different. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Vermeer's working method was his penchant for assimilating multiple motifs and stylistic elements drawn from the works of his colleagues. The National Gallery, London. Many such paintings refer to the difficulty of resisting the temptations of the flesh and the dangers of giving in to passion, particularly under the influence of wine and tobacco.