Shall I, after six years, go on with the Amsterdam Scenes:-)) Then this is no.39 :
You see the statue of Multatuli on the Torensluis.
Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 1820 – 19 February 1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, "I have carried much"), was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860), which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia).
Dekker was born in Amsterdam. His father, a ship's captain, intended his son for trade, but this humdrum prospect disgusted him, and in 1838 he went out to Java and obtained a post as a civil servant. He moved from one posting to another, until, in 1851, he became assistant-resident at Ambon, in the Moluccas. In 1857 he was transferred to Lebak, in the Bantam residency of Java (now Banten province). By this time, however, all the secrets of Dutch administration were known to him, and he had begun to openly protest about the abuses of the colonial system. Consequently he was threatened with dismissal from his office for his openness of speech. Dekker resigned his appointment and returned to the Netherlands in a state of fierce indignation.
Statue of Multatuli on the Torensluis, a square over the Singel canal in Amsterdam. He was determined to expose in detail the scandals he had witnessed, and he began to do so in newspaper articles and pamphlets. Little notice, however, was taken of his protestations until, in 1860, he published his novel Max Havelaar under the pseudonym of Multatuli. Dekker's new pseudonym, which is derived from Latin, means, "I have suffered much", or, more literally "I have borne much" referring to himself, as well as, it is thought, to the victims of the injustices he saw. An attempt was made to ignore this irregular (for the 1860s) book, but in vain; it was read all over Europe. The exposure of the abuse of free labour in the Dutch Indies was thorough, although colonialist apologists accused Dekker's terrible picture of being overdrawn. Multatuli now began his literary career, and published Love Letters (1861), which, in spite of their mild title, were mordant, unsparing satires.
Although the literary merit of Multatuli's work was widely criticised, he received an unexpected and most valuable ally in Carel Vosmaer who published a book (The Sower 1874) praising him. He continued to write much, and to publish his miscellanies in uniform volumes called Ideas, of which seven appeared between 1862 and 1877 and also contain his novel Woutertje Pieterse.
Dekker left Holland, and went to live in Ingelheim am Rhein near Mainz, where he made several attempts to write for the stage. One of his pieces, The School for Princes (published in 1875 in the fourth volume of Ideas), expresses his non-conformist views on politics, society and religion. He moved his residence to Nieder Ingelheim, on the Rhine, where he died in 1887.
Dekker had been one of Sigmund Freud’s favourite writers. He heads the list of ‘ten good books’ which Freud drew up in 1907.
In June 2002, the Dutch Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde (Society for Dutch Literature) proclaimed Multatuli the most important Dutch writer of all time.
Multatuli's brother, Jan Douwes Dekker, is a grandfather of Ernest Douwes Dekker (also known as Danudirja Setiabudi, an Indonesian National hero).
( Above text is from Wikipedia )
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altay1364 (0) 2012-04-05 12:58
Güzel bir kare!beğendim.notunuzda bilgilendirici.iyi geceler
papagolf21 (89174) 2012-04-05 14:32
Bonsoir, cher ami Hans,
Eh bien, je dois avouer mon inculture livresque. Grâce à ta note d'accompagnement, j'ai appris sur cet écrivain, et l'envie de lire ses ouvrages est tentante. Maintenant, aurai-je la chance de découvrir des livres en langue française.
Félicitations pour la mise en image.
bertolucci (13358) 2012-04-07 3:14
Al weer nr 39 van je A'dam scenes serie, leuk om te zien dat je weer aan werkt ! Een fijne juxtapo van EDD en profile met een heel toepasselijke achtergrond!
danos (89657) 2012-04-10 22:45
nice synthesis with the upper part of the statue of Multatuli,to outlined against the blue of the sky.I like your informative note as the the close up view and the details we can see on it.
Have a good day,Danos
jhm (142900) 2012-04-15 4:30
In moeilijke omstandigheden heeft u dit standbeeld mooi gefotografeerd, we zien de details van het gezicht.
Ook de gevels in de achtergrond zijn aangenaam om naar te kijken, dit allemaal tegen een mooie strakke winterse hemel.
Mooi gedaan, bedankt.
Prettige zondag verder,
ChrisJ (102865) 2012-04-22 1:00
Superb lighting on the dark sculpture that reveals the subtle textural & lighting nuances. I like the low shooting angle & the superb graphism. Good sharpness, color & pov. Tfs!
mesutilgim (88206) 2012-04-24 22:52
Interesting capture ! Before starting to read your notes I was thinking , well this must be A.Eınsteın !
Than I noticed the reality.
That's by the way, why TE is such beloved; again I've learned something which I didn't know before.
TFS and haev a nice day
josepmarin (57841) 2012-04-25 5:25
a powerful composition in which you have combined the sculpture in foreground and the beautiful architecture of the houses in background, with the blue sky as a nice backdrop, in order to create a strong chromatic and graphical contrast.
The light plays a good role on the statue.
Nicou (127916) 2012-04-28 10:04
quel captage de cette statue sueprbe ce noir dand ce ciel pur et limpide ces facade quel cadrage et ensemble.
bravo et amitié