Proust has the novelist Bergotte visit a gallery to see a painting by Vermeer. While viewing the painting, the old writer drops dead.
Marcel Proust himself was a huge fan of Vermeer. Painting, music, and architecture as well as writing permeates Proust's great novel, A La Recherche du Temps Perdu.
This article discusses Proust and painting. Marcel Proust Dreams of Art
The painting of Proust himself will be familiar to readers of this blog.
This is a terrific article on Proust which I highly recommend. It touches a lot of bases and gives the casual (if there is such a thing) reader of Proust a commanding explanation of Proust's relationship to painting and how it informs his art.
I don't post very often because I don't find most of the recent references to Proust to be really about Proust or they don't have anything new to say.
If you find something of interest that I have missed, please comment on this blog.