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Museum Voorlinden

Wednesday 21 September i went to the newly opened private Museum Voorlinden. It is situated in Wassenaar, near the dunes. Beforehand i thought of making a walk through the dunes, but the museum itself and the gardens surrounding it took up most of my time. So i’ll go back another day and do a bit more walking then.

I loved the Ellsworth Kelly exhibit. It was good walking through the rooms with the natural daylight and seeing his works. There was also a short video and two separate room with drawings. I spend most of my time being in these rooms. I went to the permanent works after this. Open Ended by Richard Serra, Skyspace from James Turrell, Couple under an Umbrella by Ron Mueck, Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool and Roni Horn huge rounded glass cilinders. I should really go back and look deeper at these works. Some of them were especially made for this museum.

I went outside and walked around the garden for a bit, before i sat down on a low man made height and ate my homemade peanutbutter and sambal sandwiches. I lied down for a while, enjoying the sunshine, the tweeting of all sorts of birds and the soft talking of people walking by.

I walked all around the museum after this, with my bare feet in the grass and my slippers in my hand.

Inside once more and i went to the other exhibition Full Moon. A more diverse exhibit with artists from various periods. I went through this a bit faster. I did enjoy some works. And i was surprised to see a Morandi hanging there, and old favourite artist.

I was full of the works i had seen, the lovely garden with all the flowers and the freshly mowed grass. I’ll be going back for sure.

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Published on September 22, 2016 at 6:00 by

Wedding dresses

My favorite wedding dresses. First i thought of a short dress, one with a tight waist and a wide skirt. But i did come across some long ones i really like as well. All are quite minimal, of course. I did make a pinterest board with all the ones i found. Will do some more searches.

If it does actually happen, my wedding, i will ask a fashion designer if he or she wants to design a wedding dress for me. I don’t know if they will do that though. So i will continue my search. It does give a big amount of pleasure searching around, trying to imagine myself in a dress and eventually find to my ultimate wedding dress.

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Lanvin Ruffled Satin Twill Gown ($5,150) Gorgeous. At the front it looks like a long T-shirt. At the back there are some ruffles. Bit expansive, but hey, you only marry once! Not sure this will fit my curvy figure though.
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A bit more casual and bohemian. A short sleeved pink T-shirt with lace and a light green wide skirt with tule overlay with some flowery embroidery. But, this might look better on a skinny figure. From Alison-Jayne Couture.
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Another T-shirt and skirt. The pale light grey blue skirt is lovely. This paired with a long sleeved top looks lovely. Still, one of the reasons i opted for a shorter dress is that my lower legs are quite skinny. I think showing them more will balance my figure very well.
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This Audette dress from The Row is close to what i have in mind. Clean lines. I love the sleeves, with the open cuffs popping out. The length is just right. Also, i do need to wear a good bra, so a bare top is not right. This would work!
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A typical Audrey Hepburn wedding dress. This does fit well with my first thought. Not sure i will stick to it though.
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This 2012 Valentino short white dress is gorgeous. Exquisite. Also love the sandals.
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Designed by Charlotte Simpson. Lovely. The embroidery looks wonderful.

I haven’t found my dress yet. And there are also the shoes to think of, the make up, the undergarments. But of course, the most important asset of the day, the husband to be, i haven’t met yet. Just a minor detail.

Published on August 22, 2016 at 6:00 by

The most beautiful dresses of all time

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Published as the worst dress ever, the Swan dress worn in 2001 by Björk. I think this dress is enchanting. Designed by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski.
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The dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1954, designed by Givenchy.
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Backless Guy Laroche dress worn by Hilary Swank in 2005.
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Michelle Williams wore this pearl embellished Chanel dress for the Oscars 2011.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actress Amy Adams arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Oscar de la Renta designed this dress. Amy Adams wore this to the 2013 Oscars.
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A Dior Raf Simons dress for Jennifer Lawrence for the 2013 Oscars.
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A light blue dress designed by Prada for the 2014 Oscars, worn by Lupita Nyongo.
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A dress designed by Jan Taminiau for the Autumn/Winter collection 2015.
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Dior Raf Simons strapless white organza dress embroidered with chiffon, Fall 2012.
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Alexander McQueen designed this silk dress for Spring/Summer 2003.
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Raf Simons designed this wedding shirt for Jil Sander in Spring 2012.
Published on July 4, 2016 at 6:00 by

The most expensive jewelry in the world

Last week i read something about a pink diamond being auctioned for the most expensive price for a jewel ever. To be honest, i couldn’t find the piece again. I did find articles about one sold in 2013, 13 November.

I have no intimate knowledge of gems and their cuts. Or jewels rather. I never really payed any attention. But over the past few weeks i’ve been doing some searches for expensive and rare gems and jewels.

I do suspect that the most expensive jewelry is in the royal collections of the UK, the Netherlands, the old Russia Romanov family, the Iranian Royal Jewels, Asian royals, and many many more.

For now, i want to focus on jewelry actually being sold. Some jewels are focused on a single gem, others use a multitude of gems in a composition.

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Wallis Simpson Panther Bracelet – $12.4 Million. A Cartier created bracelet in the form of a panther. The panther's body is composed of diamonds and onyx. Two specially cut emeralds make its eyes.
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Emerald and Diamond Tiara – $12.7 Million. In weight alone, the eleven rare Columbian pear-shaped emeralds come in at 500 carats.
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Graff Vivid Yellow – $16.3 Million. A 100 carat yellow diamond mounted in gold with diamonds on the band.
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The Blue Belle of Asia – $17.3 Million. A cushion shaped sapphire weighing in a little over 392.5 carats. A diamond covered gold neckchain and tassels make the necklace.
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The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace – $27.4 million. The necklace is composed of 27 emerald green jadeite beads. The finishing touch is provided by a ruby, diamond, platinum and gold clasp to secure the necklace around the wearer’s neck.
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L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace – $55 Million. The L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace is the most valuable necklace in the world and features the world’s largest internally flawless diamond, the 407.48-carat Incomparable diamond. Complementing the massive yellow diamond are 230 carats worth of smaller diamonds.
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The Pink Star - $72 Million. The gem is a pink diamond of 59.60 carat. It was mined in 1999 in South Africa.
Published on April 20, 2016 at 6:00 by

La Grande Parade

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Highlights in Painting after 1940
15.12.1984 – 15.4.1985

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Edy de Wilde, Karel Schampers, Alexander van Grevenstein, Hendrik Driessen

This is the first ever art exhibition i remember visiting. I was still studying in Delft. A year later i would go to art School in Rotterdam.

I remember being surrounded by red. Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue by Barnett Newman. The first time i saw Giacometti, Fautrier. The later paintings from Georges Braque were exquisite. It was all new, beautiful, breathtaking to me. I knew Mondriaan, of course. But i had never seen these paintings before.

I found a review from the New York Times: ART: ‘GRANDE PARADE,’ AT THE STEDELIJK, published December 27, 1984. It is set in its time, of course. It is a white male exhibition. I didn’t think about that at all when i visited it.

I bought the catalogue. I am including photos from the pages. Better than looking up the images online. This sets the paintings in their proper surrounding.

These are the painters i picked, who stayed with me. Some grew, others diminished. My taste changed. Of course.

Still, even though the memories are vague, this exhibition has stayed with me. I don’t even remember if i went alone or together with someone else. The only real memory i have is the one from the Barnett Newman painting. Ooh, and Philip Guston. Not that i really liked his work, i didn’t. But that changed over the years!

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Published on April 7, 2016 at 6:00 by

Paul Cézanne

It was a good idea writing a bit about some of the best painters i know. Johannes Vermeer, making perfectly balanced and composed paintings. Paul Cézanne is the next painter on my list. I won’t go into his biography. You can read about that on his wikipedia page, or do a search on duckduckgo.

I will try and limit the paintings i will show here. I did copy many from the list of his paintings. You’re welcome to go through his paintings.

I did do a year of painting at art school. At the end of that year i got a 0 for it. A refusal. All my other marks were good, but that zero, that null prevented me from going any further into painting. So i didn’t. Next year i switched to photography and monumental. I didn’t read that much about painting anymore. In the back of my mind i did have this quiet thought that i could turn back to painting in my old age. If i wanted to.

You may think i’m choosing artists which are part of the recognized canon of western art. You are right. That doesn’t mean these artists are not important, that everything has been said about them, everybody has seen their work. I do try to take my time watching these paintings when i see them. Or watch the photos i found online. Even with photos there are many things to observe. It does require time to let an image sink in. Let the image become a part of your world.

Enjoy.

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The Bathers
1894-1905
127 × 196 cm
National Gallery, London

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Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses
1890
58 × 91 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Still Life with Open Drawer
1877-1879
33 × 41 cm
Private collection

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Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier
1893–1895
59.7 x 73 cm
Private Collection

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Madame Cézanne
1885-1887
55,6 × 45,7 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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Portrait of Madame Cézanne
1885
46 x 38 cm
Private collection

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Madame Cézanne (Hortense Fiquet, 1850–1922) in a Red Dress
1888-1890
116.5 x 89.5 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Madam Cézanne in a Red Armchair
1877
72,5 × 56 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Armchair
1893-1895
81 × 85 cm
Private collection

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Mount Sainte-Victoire
1888-1890
65 × 81 cm
Private collection

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Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry
1897
65 × 81 cm
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

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Mont Sainte-Victoire
1885-1887
67 × 92 cm
Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley
1885–1887
65,4 x 81,6 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Maison Maria with a View of Château Noir
1895
65 × 81 cm
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

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L’Estaque with Red Roofs
1883-1885
65 × 81 cm
Private collection

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Forest Interior
1898-1899
61 x 81,3 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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High Trees In Jas de Bouffan
1885-1887
73 x 59 cm
Private collection

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The Grounds of the Château-Noir
1900-1904
90,7 × 71,4 cm
National Gallery, London

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The Great Pine
1898
85 × 92 cm
São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo

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The House with the Cracked Walls
1892–1894
80 x 64,1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Boy in a Red Waistcoat
1888-1890
92 x 73 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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Self-Portrait
1878-1880
61 × 47 cm
Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington D.C.

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Self-Portrait with Palette
1890
92 × 73 cm
Foundation E.G. Bührle, Zürich

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Self-Portrait with Olive-Colored Wallpaper
1880-1881
33,6 × 26 cm
National Gallery, London

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Still Life with Carafe, Bottle, and Fruit (watercolour)
1906
Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection

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Published on April 1, 2016 at 6:00 by