Thursday, October 14, 2010
A new Dutch cabinet is installed today. Tradition has it that a picture is taken with the queen. Tradition also has it that I make a drawing of the new cabinet, which NRC Handelsblad publishes on the day that the cabinet is installed.
So here they are. It is a minority government and the cabinet members show their balancing skills on the tight rope. To the side stands a contented Geert Wilders, who can stay safely on the ground while the other parties take all the risks. And he is ready to use his whip if they dare to falter.
Today this drawing is published on the front page of NRC Handelsblad, a dream spot for any artist.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Interesting to reread Menno ter Braak (1902-1940). He was a leading intellectual, famous and feared for his literary reviews and political analyses. His condemnation of the upcoming national socialism was fierce.
Many years ago I made a black-and-white portrait of the same man (see below), warning for the coming bad times.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
A portrait of the short-listed authors for the Libris literature prize 2010: Mensje van Keulen, Marie Kessels, Peter Terrin, Walter van den Broeck, Bernard Dewulf en Tom Lanoye. Berhard Dewulf won the € 50,000 prize. It is always a interesting to bring different heads together within a predefined space on the page of the Vrij Nederland magazine. Here I tried to bring some unity by fusing the contours and by sticking to five colours: alizarin crimson, aureolin, ceruleum, burnt umber, french ultra.