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Photos courtesy Marja van Hassel and Sculpturales

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“In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh”

125 Years van Gogh

Zundert, NL


“Net als in Zundert” - Just like in Zundert, was commissioned by the Van Gogh House in Zundert and BKKC Brabant Art and Culture Commission in the Netherlands for a special expo commemorating 125 years since the painter’s death.

Becker’s inspiration for the work , “Just like in Zundert” (Vincent Van Gogh’s birthplace) comes partly from reading the letters of Vincent Van Gogh. In one such letter he says:

“During my illness I saw every room in the house again in Zundert, every path, every plant in the garden, the immediate vicinity, the fields, the neighbors, the cemetery, the church, our vegetable garden at the back and even the magpie nest high up in the acacia in the cemetery.”

When Theo, his brother visited him in the hospital during this time, he lay his head on the pillow next to his brother and Vincent whispered: ....”Just like in Zundert.”

Beckers, “I am deeply touched by the simplicity and love he shows for the relationship between Man and Nature. His short brush strokes and his way of capturing the energy of life in wavy Impressionistic movements form a lasting source of inspiration for my work ".

The Pinus species that was very common in the "Borinage" in France, where he painted the ordinary working miners and their families.This tree which was used for the mining industry, is the basis for this installation.


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