In the last weeks, I discovered the Dutch landscapes and skies anew by walking. When I pass by train through the landscape and walk in the landscape, it is clear for me that the Dutch skies are something special. The form of the clouds changes very quickly by the influence of wind and the sky seems big and overwhelming. The horizon low, the grass green and the sky coloured in a variety of grey, white and blue tones.

The Dutch painter Ruisdael painted Dutch skies in the 17th century and in the 19th century you have a Dutch painter like Paul Gabriël who painted Dutch skies. When we make a big step in time; modern Dutch artists like Jan Dibbets and J.C.J. Vanderheyden are also involved in the (Dutch) landscape or distract only a few properties of the landscape and conceptualize them in their artworks. The artworks are not literally but make the observer aware of their own observation and of space and time.

Jacob van Ruisdael, Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, ca 1670, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Paul Gabriël,
Windmill on a Polder Waterway, known as ‘In the Month of July’,  1880-1889, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Exhibition J.C.J. Vanderheyden, Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch
Schermafbeelding 2016-08-14 om 14.29.20
Studio, J.C.J. Vanderheyden, Den Bosch, Gallery Nouvelles Images, Den Haag
Jan Dibbets, Sectio Aurea B2, 2007, Peter Freeman, inc