Friday, March 22, 2013

Summer Painting

Perhaps a Dutch Treat?

I've been thinking a lot about Holland recently. So much in fact that I'm thinking about a possible Dutch Workshop. Today I spoke with a couple of friends about it at my studio.

So I thought I'd put out the idea to see to whom it might be of interest. I haven't chosen a location, and the dates are very much up in the air. Monday, July 8 through Sunday, July 14 would be good for me, but I'm open to anytime in August or September. Let me know what might be good for you. You can write to me at . If English is not your first language, but you think you might have enough language skills to enjoy the workshop, do write to me.

Here's a Jurney, of Delft, painted en plein air in 1980.

And here's one from Schermerhorn in 2004:

Two very different styles!


Following are some paintings of Holland by painters from the 17th and 19th centuries.

First, I can't not include Piet Mondrian, and his Broadway Boogie Woogie.

Below is what he was doing in 1905.

Chris van de Windt (1877-1952):


 Willem Tholen (1860-1931):

Cornelius Vreedenburgh (1880-1946):

Anton Mauve (1838-1888, married to Van Gogh's cousin)

Paul Gabriel (1828-1903)

Jacob Maris (1837-1899)

Fritz von Uhde (German, 1848-1911) I couldn't resist these kids,
though I can hardly guarantee they'll still be in that street for us.

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

 Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)

Jacob van Ruysdael (1628-1682)

That's all I have time for right now. Hope you enjoyed them. I could have picked forty different painters. The choice is almost inexhaustible.

For now I'll be thinking of the Rijksmuseum, with all its Rembrandts and with Vermeer's Woman Pouring Milk, of the Mauritshuis with its Vermeer, View of Delft, and of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem.

So let me know soon if you're thinking a Dutch Workshop might be right for you, and let me know, too, when would be best for you: July 8-July 14, or sometime in August or September.

Cheers, Donald

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to go in September! Holland is top of my list as a painting and travel destination.
    The diversity of styles in your selection is inspiring -
    The newly renovated Rikjsmuseum is opening in April, and although the Mauritshaus will be closed for renovation until mid-2014, a selection of paintings are on exhibit at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague.