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Eifel

did you know? French, Portuguese, German, Chinese… If you are using the latest Safari browser you can see a translation of this page on your desktop Mac by clicking the icon top right in the address Field. On your iPhone you will get to the translations by clicking on the Aa icon in the address.…

Shanta

Nowadays everything has to have a STORY. We want to know the STORY. Here in Holland it’s madness, everything has to be a story, een verhaal, and nota bene, has to BE, not HAVE. It is part of a regression into a worldview based on myth. The term postmodern is not very precise, better would…

The waterfalls at Iguaçu

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SLIDESHOW IF YOU PREFER TO READ THE TEXT SOME OTHER TIME 😊 “Dr. Livingstone I presume?”, words uttered by Henry Stanley (1841 – 1904) when he met David Livingstone (1813 – 1873) in 1871 somewhere in “dark” Africa. Livingstone was a missionary and explorer, who after a long…

Surselva and Surses

You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo…

Pre-coronial times

Corona reached the Netherlands by the end of February. In the very beginning we weren’t scared, somehow we thought it wouldn’t be like China or Italy. Government said: “don’t shake hands. wash them”. We saw an exhibition in Nunspeet on the 3d of march, another one in The Hage on the 5th and went for…

Zandvoort, a view

From our window, towards the south-west, we see the city of Zandvoort, in the distance behind the dunes. The whole scene can be very charming, with amazing sunsets, low hanging mist between ranges of dunes, and on clear days there is the sea behind the skyline. But with torrential rains and storm the whole world…

Dunes, beach, sea

The post I created with the skyline of Zandvoort as seen from my window leaves much unsaid. At Zandvoort itself there is the beach, which is particularly beautiful some five kilomaters to the North, at Bloemendaal aan zee, or better even Parnassia. During ebb, the beach is wide and depending on the wind and period…

Van Eyck, Ghent, Bruges

On 11-12 February we visited the Van Eyck 2020 exhibition in Ghent. Never have so many of his works been together and it runs only till the end of April. Jan van Eyck made a humongous contribution to the art of painting in Europe. He perfected oil painting which remained the most important medium after…

Images from spring and some expositions

The light in spring is different. Very bright, very colourful. Calves, lambs and flowers, and all possible shades of green. Some pictures were taken near our house in Bloemendaal, but we also made a few trips. The Kröller-Müller museum is always a treat. Never too crowded, excellent light, fabulous collection, great sculpture garden. And then…

Samples of Indian Sculpture

We have visited many places in India since my first visit in 1968. In certain periods every year was focussed on a different area, and one of the main subjects has been sculpture in and on temples. In the winter of 1977 and 1978 we travelled quite a lot, visiting Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Tanjavur, Chidambaram, Tiruchirapalli,…