by Van Eyck
My girlfriend studied art and originally is from Belgium (now lives in the Netherlands), and we had a conversation about how little we know from each others art or great artists. Apparently while being neighbour countries we hardly get education about the other country. We didn't learn much about Belgium's history and they not much about the Netherlands. And from here it's only one hour by car to the next Belgian city so we are really close. How weird is that.
Anyway, it was wonderful to have her as my personal guide during the exhibition and I was totally impressed by Van Eyck. You can't see from the photo here, not even on the exhibition website mentioned above, how amazingly detailed he painted. I loved to discover all the little details in his work. The Annunciation absolutely was my favourite.
So in this past week I started to think a little more about the concept of neighbours in general. We live in a city so it's quite common that you don't know much about your neighbours. We do know who is who but that's at far as it goes. I'm not saying that this is right or wrong. It's different in every culture, different in villages and cities, and it depends from person to person. And I know quite a few people that actually moved to a city because social control is less overwhelming. I lived in villages as well as in cities and I learned to take things as they come. It's just the way it is here. And that's ok.
My Six Word Saturday for today:
we hardly know our closest neighbours
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