These images were all taken by Drs Kaldenbach on October 24-27, 2012 during a 4-day outing with 3 American painters. All these photographs and more may be purchased from the author as high-resolution files.
Client satisfaction: "With Kees Kaldenbach, a leading authority on Vermeer and the Golden Age of the 17th c.
I, a painter visited Holland with two objectives...
The first, to see, feel, and learn about the great artists of that century and the Hague School
of Landscape Painting.
The second aim was to travel in the countryside for landscapes particular to my needs as an artist.
Mr. Kaldenbach thoroughly understood my goals and made it all possible in a week's time.
I had the perfect working vacation and I highly recommend Kees Kaldenbach as a most knowledgeable
and flexible guide for a fantastic " Artistic Holiday in Holland."
Cynthia Kelly-Overall, October 2012.
A windy day north of Alkmaar. After a night with heavy rain, these majestic cumulus clouds formed over the Dutch skies. This image has NOT been photoshopped! See also image below, taken one hour earlier.
Rain and shine on wet asphalt. The landscape appears as though it has been scrubbed clean.
One fine-art landscape painter lost in Dutch flatland goodness.
View of a polder; gravel roads, ditches and in the far distance dunes, beach and a sea dike of herculean proportions. Ages upon ages of water engineering has created the lowlands of Holland. Without a system of dikes, pumps, sluises, management, all of this would soon be flooded. There is a special section of the Dutch government called Rijkswaterstaat (Organisation for the State of Water) that is in charge of this, with ample annual funding.
Cows and sheep getting ready for the next rainfall.
Tiny village, really only a hamlet, north of Amsterdam: a true picture postcard idyll. The village people began to build this tower in 1502 - but ran out of the funds to complete it. Typical green wooden facades with side walls of brick.
A lone horse feeding from a mesh bag kept high in order to keep the feed dry.
This is the type of willow tree often painted and drawn by Vincent van Gogh. I will explain about this type of willow and its many uses in agriculture. This one has been pruned hard - for good reasons.
Willow trees awaiting their pruning session.
Passing pristine villages - in which each village council vied with the next village for the beauty and size of their town hall. Bigger is better. More beautiful adornment and masonry is better. This is the towh hall in the now landlocked village of Graft, formerly known for its vast boat-building industry when it was still situated in the Schermereiland surrounded by large fresh water lakes east of Alkmaar...
The people of Graft (3000 inhabitants in the 17th century) were separated politically and ideologically from their neighbour twin village of De Rijp. Dutch historian Van Deursen has written a major book (Een dorp in de polder, Graft in de zeventiende eeuw) on these two villages - a detailed book made possible because many of the village documents have been retained in various archives. Thus a close-up study has been made possible of inhabitants, crafts, trade, local economy, shipbuilding and shipping, law, religion, drinking, fighting, thievery etc. Many men were employed in shipbuilding, inland fishery, and on herring ships in the North sea, or on whaling ships that went far north to the icy seas. A dangerous life. Those plying their trade at home most often worked flax and hemp workshops and turned the raw material into threads, woven material, and ropes or sailcloth. A quiet, peace-loving community that took good care of their own poor and destitute inhabitants, some 10 to 20%.
For the painters of the School of The Hague (Jacob Maris, Israels, Weissenbruch, Mesdag, Mauve) we can visit the Nieuwkoopse plassen and combine this with visits to the Museum Mesdag, Panorama Mesdag, Haags Gemeentemuseum (Municipal museum). Astounding and pristine beauty.
Photographer at work.
While passing though the landscapes of north and south Holland I will tell you about the countryside, discussing the country's history, agricultural projects, polders, and farm culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only landscaping and architecture but also the nation's history and current social issues.
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Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful car tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).
All of these photographs can be bought in hi-res files.
You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will ensure you of a unique and memorable experience.
Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours" *.
*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, p. 182.
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The Rijksmuseum has done me the honor of linking the main Rijksmuseum site to my website. Start at www.rijksmuseum.nl and select Collection. Then choose 'Digital Collaboration' and the 'Digital Vermeer House'.
I conduct Rembrandt walks in Amsterdam for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, London and New York City offices. Their clients include important journalists.
The travel site www.luxurytraveler.com has devoted a main feature to my tours and walks.
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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 television, NTV Japan, Danish television and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Delft artists by the Nishinippon (Japan, 2012), and by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, as well as on the painter Vincent van Gogh and other art history topics.
Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".
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Updated 28 October 2012. Update Feb 17, 2013.