Tuesday, 3 May 2011

ABC Wednesday, P for Pieck



The Dutch artist Anton Pieck was born in Den Helder on 19th April 1895.At the age of six he and his twin brother took lessons in drawing. When he was seventeen he became an art master, which he was for forty years.

During WWI he was a soldier staying in Amersfoort, where he drew many drawings.
He died on 24th November 1987 at the age of 92.


Anton Pieck was inspired by the past.He didn't like the time in which he lived.He lived in a romantic past. His work is full of humour. He loved to draw fairy tales and romantic scenes.
Was he an artist or a craftsman? He himself said that he was a craftsman.He was an illustrator with a very special way of drawing.

He was asked to help designing the fairy-tale park of the Efteling
Efteling is the largest theme park in the Netherlands, and as it opened in 1952, it is one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Efteling is located in the south of the Netherlands.

In over fifty years the park has evolved from a nature park with playground and a Fairy Tale Forest, into a full-size theme park along the lines of Disneyland. It is twice as large as the original Disneyland park and predates it by three years. Nowadays, Efteling caters to both children and adults with its cultural, romantic and nostalgic themes and its variety of amusement ride
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With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with P.

23 comments:

anthonynorth said...

I liked his work. Great post.

Dutchbaby said...

I was unfamiliar with Anton Pieck's name, but I am well familiar with his unique illustrations. I had completely forgotten about Efteling until this post. I still remember "Vrouw Holle" there. Thank you for educating me and for taking me back in time.

Roger Owen Green said...

Not familiar with him either, but you've been very informative!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

The park sounds wonderful and it was great learning about Anton Pieck. I kept thinking of Bruegel with the large community scenes.

DawnTreader said...

Interesting, I didn't know any of this.

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful slides and I intend to google Anton Pieck and enjoy more of his work.

photowannabe said...

He is a terrific artist and I really enjoyed seeing the illustrations. The theme park is quite amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us. Beautiful photos.

Sylvia K said...

I do love it when I learn something new! I wasn't familiar with Pieck either, but I love his pictures that you've shared with us, Wil! Wonderful post for the P Day! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Wanda said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures. How I love those windmills.

An old picture of a windmill hung in my mothers home, and as a little girl, I use to imagine I lived in the top where a little window had a light in it. I'm 70 and that's a memory I will hold on to and I now have the painting.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful slide shows, Wil. So many beautiful pictures. Anton Pieck is surely a national art treasure himself.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

The Weaver of Grass said...

Exquisite little pictures Wil.

Vicki Lane said...

I first became aware of Pieck's work through your blog -- I love the soft colors and all the detail!

chubskulit said...

Perfect item for the letter this week!

Please come see the Paintings at my page.

Cloudia said...

The Netherlands sounds like the most civilized nation on Earth!



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Paula Scott said...

Did I mention that I love all those images of windmills on your blog? Amazing sturctures, they are.
And loved learning about the artist Pieck that I had never heard of! So much for our art history classes, huh?

Kay said...

Efteling looks like an amazing place! I wish we could have seen it. Thank you for sharing Pieck's artwork. I really love his style and subject. He sounds like a fantastic artist and person.

Kay said...

Wil, I just read your comment. I'm so sorry. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you. Sending you lots of aloha.

Rosey said...

Here is a quote I was thinking of when I looked at some of this art by Pieck you shared:
"Art washes from the soul, the dust of everyday life."
I don't know who said it, but it rings true for me.

Elizabeth said...

I am familiar with Pieck's work. but knew nothing of his life. I just love the exquisite attention to detail that he put into every illustration; beautiful. x

Tumblewords: said...

I've never heard of him but find his work and life very interesting. Thanks for bringing him and his work to me!

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Dina said...

Long ago I was at Disney World with my two young kids. Your wonderful Efteling looks like a park we would enjoy much more. It looks enchanted.

ReapWhatYouGrow said...

Oh wow, what a coincidence. I was just admiring those beautiful illustrations, then I read on. We are going to visit Efteling for the first time in a couple of weeks. Now I really can't wait!