I shall be away until 30 June, visiting relatives in the Netherlands.
Of course Holland isn’t quite as picturesque any more as in the painting by van der Neer shown above. Mind you, it probably never was: the picture’s subtle composition, dividing the view into thirds both horizontally and vertically, is clearly the artist’s invention.
In the mean time, Janet Blyberg is showing pictures from her recent tour of Dutch country houses and palaces. And for a remarkable visual record of contemporary Holland you can visit Thomas Schlijper’s photo blog – life as lived now seen through the eyes of an Old Master.