As you know, Van Vermeer is quite famous painter lived in 17th century in the NL and there are lots of fun in Japan who likes him very much and one of his representing painting is “View of Delft”.
You may know this painting from the article of newspaper or from the books which are written by Professor Shinichi Fukuoka, biologist.
Or, you can directly see this painting in Mauritshuis Museum located in the city of Den Haag.
I believe this painting certainly has typical touch of “Vermeer” including description in detail and representing the atmosphere of “Prosperous 17th century in the Netherlands.”
In this column, I am going to explain you “View of Slilevoldstrrat”.
The painter of this “View of Sillevoldstraat” is Ms.Wilma van der Vliet, who lived on the same street (that is Sillevoldstraat), where company house was located during my expatriate days in the NL.
Ms.Wilma van der Vliet was the person who treated my family very fairly, kindly make greetings with us on the street frankly, and that contributed a lot for us to maintain good mental condition overuses country , the NL under cross-culture circumstances.
One day prior to my family departure to return to Kirin, Ms.Wilma van der Vliet came to my house riding in her wheelchair bringing one her own painting.
She hands over the painting to my facility with the message “Please do not forget your days in the NL.”
In this panting, the structure of company house with the structure of “Semi-detached house” was described in detail including address number of “23” next to the entering door.
It certainly has the touch of Vermeer.
Later and separately, I had chance to realize that she was the teacher of the art and professional painter.
You can check her paintings in the URL of www.wilmavandervliet.nl
I can always see this “View of Sillevold Straat” in my house in Tokyo every day, which reminds me my living days in the NL with my memory on <1> rational way of thinking <2> how to deal with cross culture <3> how to be patient non-good taste food and <4> Dutch agriculture /floriculture model which Japan shall follow to survive.
In near2013, future in 2013, I will refer to “Dutch floriculture model.”
With Best Regards,