Dutch painters and the sky

By no means do I intent to give you the impression I know the Dutch history, or the Dutch painters that good. And by no means do I try to give you the impression I know arts. In fact, shamefully I have to admit that I live near Amsterdam with a great heritage of art, and I rarely visit a museum (except for Museum Night, where you can visit museums throughout the whole night until 6 AM!). But I do know, the Dutch history is full of art. And since The Netherlands is a very, very, very flat country, the sky has a prominent role in Dutch paintings, especially in the Golden Ages in the 17th century.

The sky in black and white. Part of a project where I captured everything with a pattern or structure.

The sky in black and white. Part of a project where I captured everything with a pattern or structure.

Jacob van Ruisdael was probably one of the biggest names. A painter who mainly painted landscapes. Apparently he was one of the first painters, to discover sky is 2/3rds of a landscape, and he was a master in painting clouds. Other great names were Albert Cuyp and Jan van Goyen, who painted realistic landscapes with dramatic skies. Even the big Rembrandt painted the Dutch sky.

As a photographer, I love the Dutch skies. The flat country side can make The Netherlands a difficult country for landscape photography, and the sky helps us out. Every morning I drive to work, every evening I go for a run, the sky is different, and almost never boring (but when it is, it is really grey and boring). Admitted, my country doesn’t know a perfectly blue sky without clouds, but there is a lot of drama in the skies. This drama, made me even love rain! Maybe the Dutch skies aren’t that special, and in other parts of the world the sky might be more dramatic. But the sky is very important in Dutch art, since the country doesn’t offer spectacular waterfalls or caves.

While there are some discussions whether the clouds painted in the Golden Age are realistic, there is no discussion whether it is beautiful or not. Here are a couple photographs as my ode to my country and the beauty of the Dutch skies!

Loosdrechtse plassen

The waters of the Loosdrechtse plassen near Hilversum, The Netherlands.

The famous tulip fields in Hillegom, The Netherlands.

The famous tulip fields in Hillegom, The Netherlands.

This is The Netherlands. The sky, the bike, the flat country side.. And I love it!

This is The Netherlands. The sky, the bike, the flat country side.. And I love it!

Kinderdijk

Windmills in at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands.

The Heath at Radio Kootwijk, The Netherlands.

The Heath at Radio Kootwijk, The Netherlands.

Part of the castle in 's-Heerenberg the Netherlands.

Part of the castle in ‘s-Heerenberg the Netherlands.

Kind regards,

Tieme

 

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Beautiful, so beautiful photographs… Thank you dear Tieme, and also Thanks for visiting my blog. I am so glad to know you in this amazing blogging world. Have a nice day, love, nia

    • Reply

      Thank you Nia, what a lovely comment! Thank you very much for all your nice comments! I am looking forward your future posts and comments. Have great week my friend!

      Kind regards,
      Tieme

  2. Reply

    I like going near Lisse and take some pictures of the tulip fields over there. Aerial shots must be fabulous over there. Last year, we went there a bit too late in the season, and most of the flowers were close to the end of their life, but we enjoyed yourselves. I really like your picture, it’s very vibrant 🙂

    • Reply

      I saw in on your profile photo! Oh wow, you are absolutely right! I have seen some terrific areal shots! Have you smelled the fields? Some smell as gorgeous as they look! Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving some comments!
      Kind regards,
      Tieme

      • Reply

        The hyacinth fields smell delicious, you are right. For the tulip fields, I can’t really recall them smelling good.. maybe it was too late in the season. I hope to be able to go back to Keukenhof next year, it’s such a beautiful place. Have you ever been there ?

        • Reply

          No I have never been there! Shame on me! The hyacinths are the once smelling great, the tulips not really 😉 I sincerely hope you can make it! Cheers!

  3. Reply

    The photographs on here are absolutely stunning! I was taking a break from work and read this post. Best time used on a break ever 🙂

    • Reply

      Hi Murphy!

      Far too kind but thank you very much! Good luck at work! Hope you have weekend soon!

      Kind regards,
      Tieme

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