‘The Loveliest Landscape is a Woman’, Revisited

This photo was taken ten years ago today in front of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, a day I’ll always remember as my introduction to the painter Kees van Dongen. I’ve been fortunate to have seen at least a few dozen of his works since but none have captivated me as much as ‘Woman with Shawl and Red Choker’ –we all best remember our first time, right?– whose caption read: “The loveliest landscape is a woman”.

As I wrote on a long since defunct blog (and also republished here about a year later), it was a magnificently simple line that I immediately filed away with other luscious gems of sublime simplicity that I wish I had written. Another is Michael Stipe’s lyric, “I look at her and I see the beauty of the light of music.” There’s a very tangible light that illuminates music; if it’s a light that radiates beauty, that’s all the better. And if that musical light emanates from the lovely landscape of a woman, then you’ve experienced a rare trifecta that simply can’t be outdone.

Much more on that exhibit from a long ago December is here, along with a brief Amsterdam notebook. Enjoy.

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For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 709th straight, was snapped in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 13 December 2015. And if you’re missing today’s Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs, they’ve moved here.

 

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  1. Kiri says

    Had to google the painting after reading that.

    1. Bob R says

      What did you think?

      1. Kiri says

        I’m no art critic, but he seems to specialise in those huge dark eyes full of secrets. The caption is so beautifully evocative.

        1. Bob R says

          I like the painting but it was the caption that really captured me.

  2. ladieswholunchreviews says

    Is this the woman in a light blue shawl and red choker? If so, she is gorgeous!

    1. Bob R says

      It is a very nice piece, but I was even more taken by the words. (Ones I wish I had written. 🙂 )

      1. ladieswholunchreviews says

        Well, you know what they say. “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride…”

  3. paula graham says

    Found the painting..great indeed. Never seen it before.

  4. JoHanna Massey says

    Going to seek painting right now.

  5. bisimodupe1975 says

    Colorful and lovely. You do a great job in photography…can i be your student? Haa…ha…ha guess that’s a long way from home. Have a great week

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