When in the Netherlands last week we visited the Helmantel museum in Westeremden and some of his paintings in the Havezate Mensinge museum in Roden. If you are ever in the Northern Netherlands then make sure you visit both of these.
Henk Helmantel is a contemporary Dutch painter best known for his classically composed still-life paintings. They are simple and stunning in their colour and clarity. Helmantel does not fit in with much of the contemporary art world. His Christian convictions about art and culture are not appreciated by some. But you would hope the quality of his work would overcome the ideological prejudices that the critics have. He cites Rembrandt as his main inspiration. I find his work extraordinary – what is it about the Dutch Calvinists? Why did the Scots not produce such artists?
The Helmantel Museum
Here is a wee slideshow of the actual museum. It was slightly disappointing in that the paintings were largely of buildings rather than the still lifes I prefer.
But what is special about this place is the church beside the museum – its a gorgeous setting….
Then to the beautiful house in Roden…this is a really special place – a beautiful building, in a serene location which gives a real taste of Dutch life in the past – and of course Helmantel’s paintings.
And then the interior of the House.
And finally some of the paintings…which I just love…
I find it extraordinary how the Creator has made us in his image – as creative. The skill and beauty in these paintings is extraordinary….it was a joy to be in such a beautiful setting seeing both the work of his creation and the works of his creation.