Leopold (1965) Charlotte van Pallandt

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Jan Hendrik Leopold (1865 - 1925) is considered to be one of the most important Dutch poets and has influenced many generations of colleagues. Leopold was born in 's-Hertogenbosch, studied classical languages ​​in Leiden and settled in 1892 in Rotterdam, where he taught for more than thirty years at the Erasmiaans Gymnasium (then located at the Coolsingel). Although it is difficult to reconcile the atmosphere in what was then explosively growing Rotterdam with the reclusive attitude to life that emerges from Leopold's poems, he must have felt at home there. At a later age Leopold became hard of hearing and he increasingly separated himself from his friends and students. He was fired towards the end of his life. He died of pleurisy in loneliness. In memory of the poet, a portrait relief of Charlotte van Pallandt, an important Dutch sculptor, was unveiled on his 100th birthday in 1965. Under the head of Leopold is his name and a quatrain from the poem cycle From the Rubaijat: “I divorced; foolishness was everywhere, not one of all my pearls was strung. The fools! A hundred things never realized and never achieved are silenced in me."

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About the artist

Charlotte van Pallandt (Arnhem, 1898 - Noordwijk, 1997) was a well-traveled artist who saw much of Europe in the Interbellum. Together with, for example, Mari Andriesse and Kees Verwey, she is one of the classic Dutch artists of the last century. Known are her portraits of Juliana and her image of Wilhelmina. As a Baroness, Van Pallandt was able to get close to the highest circles. Influences of constructivism and cubism can be found in her work, but most of all she developed an expressionist style in which she continued to work, even when other 'isms' followed one another. By continuing to concentrate on that one style, she is not an innovator, but a virtuoso. Her work revolves around lines, forms, light and dark, and the expression of an attitude and character - combinations of figurative and abstract expression. "The encounter of a character is perhaps the essence of her artistry," says Van Embden in one of the many publications about Van Pallandt ('Wilhelmina Monumentaal', 1987).

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