donderdag 23 november 2017

Charlotte Salomon

This is Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) an art student from Berlin. In 1938 when she is 22 years old, she fled Nazi Germany to the South of France where her grandparents lived. After the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 her grandmother went mad and jumped out a window. Her grandfather revealed the family's history of mental illness and suicide. It transpired that her mother had also jumped from a window. 

In her despair to survive mentally, she decided to undertake something " wildly eccentric" as an alternitive to suicide. In many hundreds of gouaches she recreated her life as a painted play called "Life or Theatre"  After a year she is deported with her husband to Auschwitz and murdered in 1943.

The Jewish Historical Museum has an exhibition  of  800 of her gouaches. You can have a look at her work at their website "here"

woensdag 22 november 2017


The "Carnation street" in the centre of the Jordan area in Amsterdam has got an anonymus little fellow ( a mouse?)  next to the sign. I read a story about a retired physician who lives in this street and had made another piece of art and put it on the wall before. He likes to remain anonymous, so probably this also is one of his. The little copper plate below says only, "Forbidden to steal".
Linking to "Signs, signs 2"

dinsdag 21 november 2017


A wall in the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam with a photoshopped image of the 17th Century masters of the Golden Age and the Royal Palace and the New Church at Dam square.

maandag 20 november 2017

Monday Mural

Another 3D street painting in progress in Almere Haven.

And the result the next day.
Linking to "Monday Mural"

zaterdag 18 november 2017


A camel at the Amsterdam Artis Zoo.

vrijdag 17 november 2017

Sky high

The sky is the limit, a building in Eindhoven. I am not sure it is an office or a residential building.
Linking to "Skywatch Friday"

donderdag 16 november 2017


The Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam has an exhibition "The Jewish Jukebox", a journey through the well-known and lesser known world of the popular culture of the twentieth century on the base of the history of gramophones and gramophone records.

There were some interesting examples of record players to be seen.

With old records.

And there was a room where you could listen to the old music with headphones.

Which I did enjoy.

woensdag 15 november 2017

Treasures of the Tsars

The Hermitage Amsterdam shows at the moment an incredible exhibition of  the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age paintings from the St. Petersburg collection of the Hermitage. Tsarina Catherina the Great (1729-1796) bought in her time many Dutch paintings among which many of  Rembrandt, as this one, never seen in our country for 350 years. No fewer than 63 works are brought to Amsterdam for an unique exhibition.

This one is made by Pieter Lastman. His name sounded familar to me as I lived my whole youth in Amsterdam in a street named after him.

dinsdag 14 november 2017


A view at the backside of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam with Atlas on top carrying the globe on his shoulders. You can have a better view of  him "here" in a previous post.
Linking to "Our World Tuesday"

maandag 13 november 2017

Monday Mural.

The start of making a 3D street painting.

With the help of a companion.

This was a bit difficult one, couldn't get the right effect position.

Here the bears are better but not the woman.
Linking to "Monday Mural"

zondag 12 november 2017


Shadows at the cemetery of Almere haven.

zaterdag 11 november 2017


A reflection in the facade of the cinema in Almere Stad. Can you see the two little figures waving in the middle?

That is me with hubby! Linking to "Weekend Reflections"

vrijdag 10 november 2017


The leaveless trees along a canal in Almere Haven.
Linking to "Skywatch Friday"

donderdag 9 november 2017

Head of a Faun

Some bridges in Amsterdam are decorated with sculptures made by city sculptor "Hildo Krop" (1884-1970).  In 1924 he made two identical sculptures for this bridge.

The head of a faun seems to blow the curved strip of the bridle, as if it were a flute.

woensdag 8 november 2017

Double text

When visiting Eindhoven a few weeks ago I noticed this concrete "Lego block" in the street with the text "Maverick". In Dutch you can read the text  also literally as "Outer legs" .As  my companions were walking in front of me I liked the combination of their legs and the text.
Linking to "Signs, signs 2"