LIFE & DEATH #12 (THE PAINTER) – ROTTERDAM – 2018
Charles Rochussen (1814 – 1894) was a 19th-century painter from Rotterdam, who was also known as an illustrator and printmaker. As a boy he showed a talent for drawing, however, it was decided that he would pursue a career in business. He worked for a few years in an office before resolving at the age of 22 to turn to painting. His speciality was history painting. Do you ever see one of his paintings in a museum?
LIFE & DEATH #3 (THE WRITER) – AMSTERDAM – 2018
Heere Heeresma (1932 – 2011) was a Dutch writer and poet. His novel ‘Een dagje naar het strand’ was adapted for the screen twice. He propagated unpretentious and readable texts. Under different pseudonyms he also wrote erotic and pornographic books. Does anyone read his books nowadays?
LIFE & DEATH #6 (THE ACTRESS) – AMSTERDAM – 2018
Julia de Gruijter (1887-1967) was a famous actress, decorated by the king of Belgium, buried in Amsterdam and today completely forgotten. Let’s give her an audience again.
LIFE & DEATH #1 (THE POET) – ROTTERDAM – 2016
Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager (1935-1992) was a Dutch poet, famous in the 60’s, addicted to drugs in the 70’s, wandering the streets as a misfit in the 80’s. He died lonely at the age of 56.
LIFE & DEATH #15 (THE PAINTER) – THE HAGUE – 2018
Bernard Blommers (1845 – 1914) was a Dutch painter. He mainly painted genre works depicting fishermen and their wives. His work was critically successful during his lifetime, being sought after by English, Scottish and American collectors. Now he is all but forgotten.
LIFE & DEATH #21 (THE POET) – AMSTERDAM – 2018
Johan Werumeus Buning (1891 – 1958) was a Dutch poet and writer. He published 18 volumes of poetry. His most famous line was ‘Maar de boer, hij ploegde voort’. During World War II he joint the Reichskulturkammer (a Nazi organisation) which led to a two year publication ban after the war. Who reads his poems nowadays?