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★ Netherlands & Holland

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4,378.  Amsterdam 1639: the rarest bulbs are selling for one hundred times their weight in gold.  (Humanity & Holland)  Mankind: The Story of All of Us VIII: Treasure

 

4,379.  Holland is gripped by tulip mania.  (Humanity & Holland)  ibid.

 

 

9,844.  Light.  The light of early morning.  The light of Holland.  It spreads over the flat fields, it’s reflected in the canals, and it picks out distant towers and spires.  This was the inspiration of the first great school of landscape; one might almost say skyscape painting.  (Art & Civilisation & Light & Netherlands & Painting)  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 8/13: The Light of Experience

 

 

10,244.  [Jan] Van Eyck did in effect invent oil painting.  (Art & Art: van Eyck & Netherlands)  Andrew Graham – Dixon, The High Art of the Low Countries: Dream of Plenty, BBC 2013

 

10,245.  Heironymus Bosche: the Garden of Earthly Delights c. 1500.  (Art & Art: Bosche & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,246.  Bruegel’s work was popular ... warmth and empathy to these people.  (Art & Art: Bruegel & Netherlands)  ibid

 

10,247.  Peter Paul Rubens: The supreme master of a new bold style – the Baroque.  (Art & Art: Rubens & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

 

10,248.  The Netherlands: The Golden Age – this tiny country boasted the most powerful empire on Earth.  (Art & Empire & Netherlands)  Andrew Graham-Dixon, The High Art of the Low Countries II: Boom and Bust

 

10,249.  The first truly free art market.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,250.  The cycle of boom and bust would be repeated throughout Holland during the Golden Age.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,251.  A furious anti-Spanish backlash that began in the 1560s: The Iconoclastic Fury.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,252.  An art dedicated to the depiction of daily life ... It's first great star was an artist called Frans Hals.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,253.  Landscape was one of the great subjects of Dutch art.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,254.  Rembrandt: he painted more self-portraits than any previous artist.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

10,255.  Vermeer who most memorably more hauntingly depicted the interior spaces of the Dutch household.  (Art & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

 

10,256.  Dutch art would be dominated by two towering figures.  (Art & Netherlands)  Andrew Graham-Dixon, The High Art of the Low Countries III: Daydreams and Nightmares

 

10,257.  You can see van Gogh’s faith in Nature as a religion.  (Art & Art: van Gogh & Netherlands)  ibid. 

 

10,258.  A work that is so dark, so murky: The Potato Eaters.  (Art & Art: van Gogh & Netherlands)  ibid.

 

 

10,381.  Holland’s greatest gift to Impressionism was a red-head, small and wiry, beady-eyed and grumpy.  It’s the brilliant little Dutch gnome Vincent van Gogh.  (Art & Netherlands)  Waldemar Januszczak, The Impressionists IV: Painting and Revolution: Final Flourish

 

 

76,028.  Holland … lies so low they’re only saved by being dammed.  Thomas Hood, Up the Rhine 1840

 

 

76,029.  Holland was already an emerging European force.  Now the power of windmills turned it into an industrial powerhouse.  Michael Mosley, The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion

 

 

76,030.  In 1600 Holland was fighting a losing battle against the sea and the wind.  So how did one poor farmer turn it into the richest nation in Europe?  Ronald Top, The Industrial Revelations: European Story: Reaping the Whirlwind

 

76,031.  Holland began to prosper on its reclaimed land.  In today’s values the biggest polder made fourteen million euros in agricultural production each year.  ibid.

 

76,032.  Harnessing the wind had secured the lowlands.  And wind was about to propel Holland’s trading ambitions.  Both the British and the Dutch had made contact with the East Indies, and in 1602 the Dutch East Indies Company was formed to harvest the treasure of the world.  (Netherlands & Wind)  ibid.

 

 

76,033.  Thousands in a tightly packed column marched through the streets in the centre of Amsterdam while the Germans circled round them in tanks.  Of course the demonstrators weren’t armed, yet they found a weapon in marching and singing.  So they marched along the Rosenbach singing the Internationale.  (Netherlands & Demonstration & Protest & Dissent & Courage)  Gerben Wagenar

 

 

76,034.  The people of Holland had lived under Nazi occupation for four long years.  (Netherlands & World War II)  The World at War: Occupation 18/26

 

76,035.  On May 10th 1940 without a declaration of war Germany struck against neutral Holland.  (Netherlands & World War II)  ibid.

 

76,036.  More than three hundred Dutchmen mainly Jews preferred to commit suicide.  (Netherlands & World War II & Jew & Suicide)  ibid.

 

76,037.  For the Dutch Nazi movement – the NSB – this was a moment of jubilation as they gathered to welcome the invaders.  (Netherlands & World War II)  ibid.

 

76,038.  The Germans introduced a racial questionnaire.  (Netherlands & World War II)  ibid.

 

76,039.  In Amsterdam black-shirted NSB men marched into a working-class area, pulled Jews out of pubs and beat them up in the streets.  (Netherlands & World War II)  ibid.

 

76,040.  There were 140,000 Jews in Holland.  (Netherlands & World War II & Jew)  ibid.

 

76,041.  Shops ran out of food.  Prices soared on the black market.  People kept alive by eating tulip bulbs.  (Netherlands & World War II & Starvation)  ibid.

 

76,042.  Hitler now stripped Holland bare.  (Netherlands & World War II & Starvation)  ibid. 

 

76,043.  At winter 16,000 Dutch men, women and children died of hunger.  (Netherlands & World War II & Starvation)  ibid.

 

76,044.  Still the liberators did not come.  (Netherlands & World War II)  ibid.  

 

 

76,029.  Holland is a dream, Monsieur, a dream of gold and smoke – smokier by day, more gilded by night.  And night and day that dream is peopled with Lohengrins like these, dreamily riding their black bicycles with high handle-bars, funereal swans constantly drifting throughout the whole country, around the seas, along the canals.  Albert Camus

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