Molen (Mill) ‘De Vlieger’ in Voorburg, Netherlands is an oasis of tranquility and admidst the polder landscape reflects an ancient piece of Holland in cities like Voorburg that, just like Schiedam did to Kethel, seem to encapsulate little villages in order to cherish what nearly was lost. Personally I have great difficulties with Charles Baudelaire’s statement artists should portray the present while the latter can only offer flat buildings and repetetive modern unaesthetica in these times. Above all, modern times cannot give me round and organic shapes I love so much.
This one was conceived in my roundism style because that way I could give a nice expression to the leafs that leads the spectator to the little mill in the back. The bank of the brook show a curve too and echoes the roundish leafs in the tree. If you want to see the mill up close you can look at my pastel drawing ‘De Vlieger’, now in the hands of a German collector.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Winsor & Newton paper (10.5 x 14.8 x 0.1 cm – A6 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers