The paintings are created by a group of American artists drawn to Holland between 1880-1914 to capture their romanticized vision of "Dutchness". As an American having immigrated to Holland almost 25 years ago, I can see what they saw in my beloved adopted country.
I was pulled into many of the paintings. Purple was so striking in a couple of them including 'Skaters' by Gari Melcher.
Enny and I both loved this and she said that it is my garden this coming summer after I start working on it. 'The Unpretentious Garden' by Gari Melchers.
'The Sisters' by Gari Melchers made us smile. So much so that we made a second round along this among a couple of others. Click on the photos to enlarge them and get a much closer look. The expression in the little sister's face is so sweet.
Walter MacEwen was obviously inspired by the style of Vermeer visible in the many paintings hanging in the exhibit. You wanted to reach out and place your hand in the pleats of the lady's dress as they were so real in 'The Notary'.
Dutchness would be defined as the action of being Dutch. So we did and took a break having a nice lunch in the beautiful museum restaurant. It had started snowing and we sat by this window with our very own romantic view of Dutchness. After our second round along our favorite paintings and a visit to the museum shop, it was time to try and make our way home.
I cleaned my car off and Enny laughed when I got back in the car as the windows were full again before I could get in. We started off but traffic was really bad as we could only drive 10km per hour on the highway. A 20 minute drive took us well over an hour but it was a beautiful drive. The snow turned everything into a romantic winter wonderland. Somehow I think these American painters would have loved to sit and paint that landscape!