Façades of The Hague #59

Façade with apartments and on the ground floor a pub and an entrance to a church, Dunne Bierkade.

It was designed around 1912 by architect Willem Verschoor (1880 – 1968), who later became an important member of the so-called New Hague School (Nieuwe Haagse School).

Originally it was the house where landscape painter Jan van Goyen (1596-1656) lived until 1654 when his financial situation became so precarious that he moved to Wagenstraat around the corner.

From 1649 to 1654 his son in law, the famous genre painter Jan Steen (1625/26-1679), lived there too.

Nowadays it houses the locally well-known pub De Paas, which used to be one of my favourite haunts until the Financial Crisis of the last decade (but you may still find me there now and then).

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All pictures were made in March 2017

Bertus Pieters

Jeroen Blok, It’s no use going back to tomorrow; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

Artists deal with reality and they add to it.

They have to, in spite of what some people may think.

Reality is the artist’s bread and butter and Jeroen Blok (1976), who is presently showing his work in Twelve twelve gallery, seems to acknowledge that.

He approaches it with techniques as different as painting, photography and collage.

He uses more layers in his works, either to add to reality or to peel it.

In some of his works you may think of surrealism.

But then, isn’t surrealism an extra reality that is both additive and reflective?

Whatever, i think Jeroen Blok’s work is both.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Jeroen Blok and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

Simon Schrikker, Dark mountains – Seeing things; Livingstone gallery, The Hague

Painter Simon Schrikker (1973) shows new works in his present exhibition at Livingstone Gallery.

His dogs, once a bit scary and unpredictable, have been tamed by now and have become painterly constructions.

Octopi and sharks still haunt his paintings but he has also been concentrating on the world where these creatures come from: the sea.

Seascapes and mountains have become Schrikker’s play field to find a balance between the subject and paint itself.

You may find parts of the ocean in or around the corner,

while the idea of wild surf and rocks has even made sculpture out of paint.

Quite recent are his water colours with mountains, in which Schrikker mixes the awesome sublimity of the subject with the abstract calligraphy of his material.

In fact Schrikker is constantly trying to bend the sublime of his subjects towards the abstraction of painting.

He also does so by combining his subjects in collages and in video.

In that way Schrikker is challenging the idea of the sublime and the expression of it.

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Content of all photograph courtesy to Simon Schrikker and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag.

Bertus Pierters

Jürgen Brodwolf, Malerhimmel (Painters’ Heaven); Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

Jürgen Brodwolf (1932) – immediately recognizable as an artist of his generation – is famous for his Tubenfigure (tube figures), based on squeezed out paint tubes.

In his work they have become a metaphor for the basic human figure, as part of the collective unconscious, but also becoming a metaphor for creation, its material and its inspiration.

Livingstone Gallery presently has a small exhibition of his work, which is a very interesting introduction.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Jürgen Brodwolf and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag


Bertus Pieters