Seasoned fishermen's heads, a sunset in the dunes and a stranded German Cruiser: Jan Giesen found plenty of inspiration in Scheveningen during the years 1920-1930. Giesen not only liked working in Scheveningen, he was also fascinated by all the work on the seaside resort itself. He portrayed men chopping, digging and delving countless times. For example, in 1927-1928 he drew nine impressive portraits of labourers working on the construction of the infrastructure in the vicinity of the Scheveningschelaan.
This exhibition marks the start of the seaside resort bicentenary celebrations for Panorama Mesdag. Jan Giesen picked up where Mesdag stopped. He worked in the dunes and on the beach at Scheveningen, but his art gives a more nuanced picture of the inhabitants of the seaside resort. Giesen's drawings and carvings provide both an image of the time itself and the type of art that was currently popular in the Netherlands.
Feest aan Zee
It was exactly 200 years ago that Jacobus Pronk built the first bathhouse at Scheveningen, a small wooden construction containing four seawater bathtubs. This made Scheveningen the first seaside resort in the Netherlands. The entire city will be celebrating with festivals, exhibitions and shows, and that’s just for starters. The Volvo Ocean Race is coming to The Hague, and 11 huge sand sculptures will be created on Lange Voorhout during the World Championship Sand Sculpting. See the festivity-packed programme at feestaanzee.nl