Winter with Thomas Heeremans
Spring has come, even though the nights are chillier than usual for Vancouver. My family in Alberta reported a snowfall with minus zero temperatures. So, in keeping with the lingering winter, here is Thomas Heeremans, a Dutch painter and art dealer, who lived from 1641-1694
I searched the internet and brought out all of my books that have such titles as, “A History of Painting from Prehistoric Times to the Present Day”, to find out more about Thomas Heeremans. Alas, there is very little written other than he is known for his landscapes of winter scenes, cityscapes, harbor scenes, beach views, river views and village scenes.
Jackson Pollock once said that, “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” That is true for Thomas Heeremans. We know that he was married twice and had 6 children, which gives background into his “happy” winter scenes. I imagine him with his children having fun on the ice. Thomas Heeremans lived his entire life in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Haarlem, located on the river Spaarne, is about 20 kilometers west of Amsterdam and near the coastal dunes. For those who are longing for the tulips to arrive this spring, you will be pleased to know that, for centuries, Haarlem has been known as the historical centre of the tulip bulb-growing district. Its nickname is “Bloemenstad” or Flower City.
Several paintings by Thomas Heeremans are located at the Rijksmuseum. His paintings provide a glimpse into his world, We gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the social structures, the work and recreational activities of the time in which he lived.