Gabriel Metzu, Pieter de Hoogh, Gerrit Dou, Frans van Mieris, all painters in the 17th century in the Netherlands painted more than 100 paintings. Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan van Goyen made hundreds of paintings and etches. The latter made over a thousand paintings….
Vermeer made roughly 35 paintings, that scholars agree upon that are his. That would mean 2 or 3 a year. A big contrast with his fellow painters is hardly possible. Because we don’t know much about Vermeer there is a lot of speculation why he painted so few works. Some say because his standards were so high, it would take him a long time to reach the level of perfection he achieved in his paintings. Some say because it was of Vermeers vision of art that made him restrict to works that showed thematic interventions and technical findings in his work.
Whatever reason (perhaps he was so successful in his art trading he had little time to paint), underneath is a little video with all the Johannes (Jan) Vermeer works.