Lapwing Flowers - Linda Nieuwstad
Inspired by paintings of Dutch Masters, such as M.C. Escher, Linda Nieuwstad creates large sized flower pieces made from truck tarpaulin, steel, pvs, wood, rubber and wool. Nieuwstad’s works refer to paintings and prints the visitor may find in collections of the Museumkwartier cultural hotspots and now in the Atrium of the City Hall in The Hague.
Linda’s Larger Than Life Flowers
Ten years ago Linda Nieuwstad was studying for her Masters in Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. One day, when her fellow students were visiting contemporary art exhibitions, Linda visited the exhibition of the 17th century flower painter Jan van Huysum in an old museum in Delft. At that time she did not know that this rather insignificant day in the museum would turn her life upside down. She was totally overwhelmed by the meticulously painted flowers on the masterpieces. The tulips looked freshly picked and the tiny flies on the paintings were as fragile as the real ones. Linda studied every painting in detail and she got several warnings from the museum supervisor as her nose was often a bit too close to the canvases. She imagined she could step inside one of the paintings and smell the roses, touch the soft hairy tulip stems and take a nap under a hollyhock. From that day on, Linda Nieuwstad wanted to live in a flower painting and she has been making big flowers ever since. The Lapwing Flowers which can be seen in the Atrium of the City Hall in The Hague, are inspired by M.C. Escher (1898—1972) work Day and Night, woodcut, 1938 © The M.C. Escher Company BV, Baarn.
Atrium celebrates 2023 Year of Escher
It is 125 years ago that the artist Maurits Cornelis Escher was born. With the largest museum Escher collection in the world, Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Escher in Het Paleis form the center of this special jubilee year. With various exhibitions spread throughout The Hague, the city will become Escher’s in 2023. For several months now, primary school students from groups 5 to 8, have been given museum lessons about his famous prints in the Escher Museum. They are being inspired by his works and after that they are set to work on their verion of the Metamorphose with their class. Their drawings become part of a large co-creation in honor of M.C. Escher. This festive metamorphosis will be shown in the summer in the Atrium of the City Hall in The Hague.