Monday, February 28, 2022

Rosa Catharina (Ro) Mogendorff

Rosa Catharina (Ro) Mogendorff (1907 - 1969) was a Dutch painter and draftsman.

Jo's family lived next door to the painter Willem Witsen, who made sure that Mogendorff received permission from her parents to follow a course at the Day-drawing School for Girls. She was taught there by Jan Uri.

Man from a mental asylum

In 1924 Mogendorff was admitted to the Rijksacademie. From the age of 21 she received a royal grant for three years and in 1929 she won the Cohen Gosschalk Prize. She opened her own studio, together with Paul Citroen.

Paul Citroen

During the Second World War, Mogendorff went into hiding. In view of her poor health, she decided to focus only on drawing and after the war she joined the Dutch Circle of Draftsmen and Arti et Amicitiae. She exhibited several times. In 1957 she was the first to receive the Prix de la Critique from the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art. In 1967 she was made a Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Jaap Nanninga

Jaap Nanninga (1904-1962) was drawn to painting and drawing from an early age. Initially he worked as an advertising designer and did not begin as an artist until he was older. After travelling through Germany and Poland, Nanninga settled in The Hague in 1938. He had studied with Hendrik Werkman and Jan Wiegers in Groningen and also in Paris after the war with Geer van Velde, who encouraged him in abstract painting; under the influence of Cubism and the abstract movements in France his own paintings started to be abstract from around 1949.

The young CoBrA group invited him to join their movement, but he intentionally kept his distance from them. Nanninga was emphatically a colourist, looking for a completely individualistic and poetic visual language. Oriental mysticism and 'primitive cultures' inspired him. He was a member of the 'Liga Nieuw Beelden' from 1955. His abstract work possesses a robust design aesthetic with a wonderfully subtle and subdued effect. Nanninga died following an accident after visiting De Posthoorn café in The Hague in January 1962. His work is considered to belong to the Nieuwe Haagse School movement.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Irina Starshenbaum on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

As Russia launched wide-ranging unprovoked attacks on Ukraine, celebrities from around the world have reacted to the critical situation; Russia included.

Sharing a black post on her Instagram account, actress Irina Starshenbaum wrote, ''How did we get to this point? Why, then, do we remember every May 9 how much pain and loss the war brought us? I don't want to believe that. We didn't choose that.''

''Nothing will justify war and I don't have the words to express all the pain and horror of this morning. Ukrainians, please forgive me for my helplessness. We wish an immediate end to these heinous acts.''

Friday, February 25, 2022

Louis van Roode

 Aloysius Maria (Louis) van Roode (1914 - 1964) was a Dutch sculptor, graphic artist and painter.

Van Roode studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. Before the Second World War he mainly worked as a graphic artist and advertising draftsman.

After the war, Van Roode was, like many visual artists, involved in various reconstruction projects in Rotterdam. His collaboration with architects Evert and Herman Kraaijvanger earned him several commissions for monumental decorations on buildings, such as the mosaic on the Holbeinhuis and the abstract work on the Stationspost building in Rotterdam.

In 1951, Van Roode founded the artists' group 'Argus' with, among others, Huib Noorlander, Kees French, Jan Goedhart and Charles Kemper. In the 1950s, together with Gust Romijn and Piet Roovers, he belonged to the 'Window Group', consisting of young Rotterdam graphic artists. In later life he was mainly concerned with abstract painting.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Charles Eyck

Charles Eyck (1897 – 1983), also spelled Charles Eijck, was a Dutch painter, aquarellist, pastellist, draughtsman, illustrator, graphic designer, lithographer, ceramist, glass painter, sculptor, architect, monumental artist, wall decorator, interior designer. 

He was active in the period 1922-1983 in his native Meerssen (Limburg Province), Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Rome, Stockholm, France, Cagnes, Paris, Maastricht, Zeist, Utrecht, Schimmert, Curaçao, Schimmert. Along with Henri Jonas and Joep Nicolaas he was a pioneer of the ‘Limburgse School.’ Van Eyck received his education in monumental art (wall painting, stained glass, etc.) at the Rijksakademie (State Academy) in Amsterdam. 

Before, he was a delftware painter at Céramique in Maastricht. In 1922, he was a winner of the Prix de Rome, First Prize Painting. After a short stay in Sweden, Curaçao, southern France, Amsterdam, Clamart and Utrecht, he settled in Schimmert (Limburg, Netherlands).

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Boineros/as of the World





United States

United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Boinero from Cuba

 Bearded boinero from Havana, Cuba

The local gentleman who appeared on the front cover of a Lonely Planet Cuba poses for a photograph with a tourist in Havana in Cuba.

Monday, February 21, 2022

At the Market in Budapest

A bored stall holder at a Budapest market accidentally mimics the line of sight of the stuffed bird on his left.


Sunday, February 20, 2022


When writing this, I actually had to think - am I 57 or 58 years old? That certainly must be a sign of age. It's 58 and from today 59. 

I am becoming more and more the archetypical beret-wearer...

Come on, make my day and buy a beret!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Berets at the Movies #3

Le Trou Normand, 1952 - Director Jean Boyer

Linnea in Monet's Garden, 1995 Director Christina Bjork
Inkheart, 2008, Jim Broadbent, Paul Bettany. Director Iain Softley 

Youth without youth, 2007. Director Francis Ford Coppola

Friday, February 18, 2022

Berets at the Movies #2

Tetro, 2009, Director Francis Ford Coppola 
Stroszek, 1977, Director Werner Herzog

Prick Up Your Ears, 1987 - Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman. Director Stephen Frears

RoboCop 2, 1990 Director Irvin Kershner

Histoire de chanter, 1947 - France Director Gilles Grangier 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Berets at the Movies #1

Hannibal Rising, 2007 - Gaspard Ulliel, Katrine De Candole 
King Kong Year, 2005 - Andy Serkis, Director Peter Jackson

Katyn, 2007 Magdalena Cielecka, Director Andrzej Wajda

Cold War, 2018, Tomas Kot and Joanna Kulig

The War of the Roses, 1989, Director Danny De Vito

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Celebrating Diversity in Wisconsin

At the 75th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International, 16th November 2018, West Allis, WI, USA.

Milwaukee celebrates a culture of diversity at the annual holiday fair.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Bram Wijnands

Born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Bram Wijnands began playing piano at an early age. By the time he turned eight, he studied Barrelhouse Blues (Boogie Woogie) and stride-piano recordings of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim. 

One thing led to another and in 1991, he graduated in Jazz instrumental education and performance at the Hilversum Conservatory in the Netherlands, the largest school of Jazz in Europe. 
During and after graduation, he performed with Jazz-artists Slide Hampton, Gene Connors, Jos Moons, Richard Ross and Deborah Brown, then immediately embarked with his trio on a tour throughout eastern Europe, Russia, western Europe and the United States. Performances included the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, 18th&Vine Heritage Festival and the Topeka Jazz Party.

Monday, February 14, 2022

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