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January 18, 2020

Stone Sentinels Close To The Fire…

Following on from yesterday’s post I took the opportunity to visit the Freemasons House in the Hague during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’. This is an Open day for National Historic Places sites, or private establishments who open their doors to the public on this weekend. Yesterday I was looking at a stunning fireplace that had beautiful carved wooden faces in it’s upper section, now, closer to the heat source, carved figures continue, but this time in stone.

Today I am looking at the male and female head and torso figures standing in matching (modest) poses, below them, cheribs and close to the floor, very small busts of a woman. All of these figures are idealised and show far less detail and character than the wooden figures above them. Who knows, maybe they are even “catalogue” pieces, bought off the rack and fitted below the personalised section? The cherubs and ladies at the bottom are pretty much identical so I only photographed one of each. These stone sentinels can definitely take the heat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 16, 2020

Lions And Their Place Near The Fire…

One of the things I found whilst visiting the Freemason’s House in the Hague on ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (National Historic Places Day) sites) was a stunning fireplace in one of the rooms. It included carved woodwork, Delfts Blauwe tile work and these stone lions that are placed either side of the fireplace. They are imposing, beautiful, tactile and even in the low light, photogenic.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 16, 2019

The Sculptor’s Workshop…

Following on from yesterdays post, I am lucky enough to have been given a glimpse into what a sculptor’s workshop looks like. This shed-converted-to-studio is perfect solution for someone who needs a specialist environment for their hobby. After all I can’t see any of this going down well on the kitchen table or in a corner of anyone’s living room!

I love tools, metal with wood handles rather than plastic, chisels here of the size, shape and feel that any medieval stone mason would recognise if he stepped into the future several hundred years and landed in the twenty-first century. Some things never change because the “improved” version has already been found, and no further improvements have been needed. The shelves sit lined with stone from which the final image has yet to be extracted. This is the perfect space to make this possible. Tools with wooden handles are just bonus.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 15, 2019

A Treat In Store Or at Least …In The Shed.

I get inspired when I see the workspaces where other artists work. After visiting a sculptor during one of the “Parels” (Pearls) events, I got not just a look at their art, but also the workshop where it was made. The Parels events are held at different times of the year in many neighbourhoods around The Hague. Artists, collectors and people involved in many other activities (yoga, aroma therapy, musicians, choirs, furniture restoration, churches, libraries, to name but a few) open their doors and homes to the public and share their hobbies/art/activities with the wider world of their neighbourhood or city.

Here the treat is that I also get to see the spot where an artist makes their creative choices, how they want to shape a piece, how to in this case, handle the stone and produce the item they had imagined within it at the very beginning. This studio is in a shed at the bottom of their garden, a perfect spot apart from the world to sit and craft stone. Magic!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 13, 2019

Bronze And Stone…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Ken of “Geest in Ontwikkeling”, Frans calksteen, Euville (French chalkstone from Euville) 2007. (Translation: “Developing Mind”, French Limestone from Euville, 2007.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) (Bust) “Kees”. Brons, 2002. (translation: Bust / portrait of Kees ( Note: Kees is a mans name in Dutch). Bronze, 2002)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) “Veilig”, bruin albast 2011. (translation: “Safe”, brown alabaster, 2011)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Verbinding in vrijheid, bruine albast, 2006. (translation: “Connection in freedom”, brown alabaster, 2006

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 12, 2019

Rocking That Stone…

These are some of the “Parels” (Pearls) weekend sculptures I discovered on my visits…  Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 11, 2019

Record Keeping In Of Stone…

It is excellent to find another artist who is keeping a record of their work. This time the art concerns sculptural pieces, they may be commissions or items made purely for the enjoyment of the artist. Regardless if the works are kept by the artist or not, a record of the pieces can inspire and show progress in skill. Here are a few records in of stone!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 10, 2019

New Lease Of Life … As Art!

Following on from yesterday’s post, I am visiting a sculptor’s work during one of the 2019 “Parels” (Pearls) weekends. This is the piece that was in the “advertisement / guide” booklet that shows off all of the Parels exhibitors, and I suspect that, like me, many visitors were curious to see this up close. There are two, very similar pieces in style here and I know that one of them is called “Möbius serpentijn”, I am now just not sure which of the two it is. (my bad, apologies to the artist). I’ve zoomed in on some parts so that you can see how every day objects have been given a new lease of life… as art!

(Below) Möbius serpentijn, 2019  (Sorry. I have no translation for this title).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 22, 2019

More Art Lurks…

One of the delights of attending the “Parels” (Pearls) weekends in the Hague, is discovering beautiful art and various collections in private homes around the various neighbourhoods around the city. The event runs for a weekend in each neighbourhood, participants can choose to open their home for Saturday, Sunday, or both.  I have seen many people on bikes cycling from one house on the map to another, they will probably manage to fit in eight or ten visits in a day.

I am definitely slower, I stop to take photographs, talk to the artists and collectors, and when I’ve finished my visit I phone Himself who delivers me to the next place I would like to visit on the map. If I can visit three places in a day then I’m delighted, after that the excess of standing up, stairs and pain relief to deal with everything signals a limit and even if there is plenty of time left to see more, I need to head home to get my foot raised up and a decent sleep.

Therefore it’s been fabulous to find that one homeowner has shared their living room space to exhibit with several other artists, so by coming here I managed to see several artists in one place at once, no extra travel, brilliant!!! Now I’m waiting for Himself and am checking out the garden where I was advised that even more art lurks…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 2, 2019

Bettcha You Can’t Do THIS On A 3D Printer!

The Mauritshuis in The Hague doesn’t just have exceptional paintings on show: there are also beautiful works in stone. I am a tad confused by the “Copy After” in the short information panel that was nearby. Does this mean I was looking at the copy, or did it mean that Eggers was modelling his representation of Maurits on some earlier piece by someone else that I didn’t see mentioned?

The name further down on the plinth says: “Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679)’ which pretty much duplicates the information on the accompanying Information panel, so I am not immediately (or later for that matter), any the wiser.

Either way, what I see before me is nothing short of amazing… Bettcha can’t do this on a 3D printer!

Bartholomeus Eggers (c1637-1692) (Copy After) Bust of Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679) Sculpted 1664.”

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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