Local Heart, Global Soul

July 4, 2011

A Statuesque end to my Peace Palace Tour…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Continuing my posts from my archive stash, of the area around the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace) in the Hague.

The Carnegielaan loops it’s way around three sides of the Peace Palace so I followed  it around to where it meets the Groot Hertoginnelaan and on my way I encounter three more statues.

I will show you them in order of appearance … and once again they are all on very busy stretches of road so probably many people have passed by in haste to be somewhere but never actually stopped and lingered long enough to see the details.

The First statue is very much a counterpart in style to the Van Karnebeek Bron of yesterday’s post.

The panel on the left side translates into English as:

“Freedom is the natural atmosphere of spiritual and economic life, Freedom  limited by responsibility and Justice”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The middle section depicts the portrait of Mr. H.C. Dresselhuys  (1870 – 1926).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Dresselhuys was a Dutch politician, statesman and was involved in a political party that advocated resolution to conflicts by peaceful means.  It therefore becomes clear why this monument  to him has been placed on one side of the Peace Palace grounds.

The panel on the right side translates into English as:

“To bring Peace, warless or labour peace means to reconcile: to build up and to give of your own free will, Good is only borne from Peace”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Second statue is just a short distance away on the same side of the street. It’s far more classical in design and depicts portraits of  the Maris brothers.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Jacob Maris (1837 –  1899) and  Willem Maris (1844 –  1910)  are two of three artist brothers who belonged to a group of artists  known as  “The Hague School” of painters.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Jacob became famous for his ability to capture the famous “dutch light” in the brooding skies of his landscape paintings.

Willem Maris followed in his older brother’s footsteps but was also very well known for his animal paintings, and later for his dutch landscapes that exhibited more colour and freer style of brush strokes than his brother Jacob.

The classical female figure writes the text on the monument, which translates into English as:

“Artists do justice to the land of Rembrandt”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Finally, some distance down the road is a Third and more whimsical statue of a lady with a parasol.

When I took the photo, I  looked around but found no plaque to identify her, but Himself recognised her immediately because she is Eline Vere, a famous character from the novels of the dutch writer Louis Couperus who wrote and rose to fame in The Hague in the 2nd half of the 19 century.  The character of Eline was melancholy socialite from The Hague who was depicted in a natural and realistic way that defied writing convention of the time.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Thus concludes my tour around the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace) for the moment, but once I am mobile again these photos have inspired me to put a visit inside the Peace Palace high on my to-do list.  Peace is always worth visiting far more than once, right?

1 Comment »

  1. “Freedom limited by responsibility and justice”. I like that. Here in the States, a lot of folks think of freedom as something to which they among their fellow citizens — and our nation among fellow nations — are entitled without any limitation or restraint whatsoever.

    Comment by Matt — July 6, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply


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