By way of Introduction

As a young aspiring dancer I loved to ponder over the magnificent paintings of Edgar Degas. How his ballerinas inspired me. The atmosphere of the Paris Opera, the beautiful tutus and the hard working dancers never failed to trigger my imagination. As the years past I retained my love of dance, of Degas, of art …

A Flemish Kermis – dance and theatre

If you have the opportunity of visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, be sure to see Peeter Baltens A Flemish Kermis with a Performance of the Farce “Een cluyte van Plaeyerwater". This, one of the earliest Flemish paintings of a village feast, presents a panoramic view, from a bird's eye perspective, of a multitude of festivities …

Pieter Bruegel’s dancing peasants – a little background

The name Pieter Bruegel conjures up visions of bulky, amiable peasants dancing, drinking, and generally making merry. Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525 - 1569) sometimes, referred to as Peasant Bruegel, painted iconic images of dancing peasants in the 16th century. He, as no other artist, showcased the peasant in his rural surroundings. Pieter Bruegel, …

Dick Stolwijk – A fervent dance enthusiast

Writing posts is an exhilarating pastime, especially when one stumbles upon an artist hitherto unknown to the writer. Whilst researching material on Dutch artists inspired by Spanish folk dance, I discovered an intriguing etching of flamenco dancers by Dick Stolwijk. The image, entitled Cuado Flamenco, highlights a female flamenco dancer. In this predominantly dark image, …

Dancers in the Spotlight – Kees Maks

In previous posts I wrote about the remarkable Dutch artist Kees Maks, each time addressing the astonishing manner in which he expressed movement. His paintings, whether of dancers, horses, clowns, equestrians, or entertainers, are scintillating and full of life. In recent posts I discussed his unforgettable tango paintings, his cheeky can-can, and two delectable paintings …

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