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Meisje van Verkade


Way back, Verkade had an advertising campaign that included rosy cheeked, young girls; who cavorted around the countryside. The very image of health. They were well dressed - no bikini's on top of car bonnets. They wore bonnets. These girls were known as "Meisjes van Verkade", which translates to Verkade girls.


This is a picture of a painting by Piet - whoever he may be.



comments (13)

A rather sweet portrait!
Louis: Thank you on behalf of artist Piet, Elizabeth.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 14 Jun 2017, 05:40
Made for a fine image, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray. The bridge camera has a nice function to take pictures indoors, without a flash.
I really like that, Louis! It's almost like you can feel her personality.
Louis: That is the difference between my drawings and that of an artist, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jun 2017, 06:33
A rosy cheeked maiden
Louis: Ah, the artist succeeded in his quest smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Jun 2017, 06:46
I wonder about the dark eyes and very dark hair. In Friesland I saw many blond meisjes.
Louis: The Dutch spent many years in the colonies, Philine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Jun 2017, 06:52
How original, Louis - I have never seen anything like it
Louis: The lines and strong colours, did hold my attention. Thank you Lisl.
Suppose it could be Piet Mondrian
Louis: OK, so now I looked up, who the artist is. He is Piet Schopping and is autistic. He paints a lot in this linear style.
Alovely drawing, like an intense version of a Marlene Dumas portrait.
Louis: Some of Piet Schopping's other portrait paintings are even closer to Marlene's scary renderings.
He's given her beautiful eyes but rthe rest of her is rather strange, almost cartoonish.
Louis: I agree - almost cartoonish, Brian.
An expression difficult to read but I like the drawing.
Louis: It is supposed to be a fun loving healthy girl of yesteryear. Much emphasis on the rosy cheeks, etc. On Friday you will see them in the background of the picture - maybe it will provide a better idea.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Jun 2017, 19:39
The 'meisjes van Verkade' are very famous. I tried to find who 'Piet' is. This painting was showed in the Zaans Museum. Maybe a local painter for a special occasion. I kind of like it.
Louis: The artist is Piet Schopping. I have these two Youtubes that you can watch (they are short): https://youtu.be/0Rwxo-MbSII and https://youtu.be/S-iuIp-O_4g
i don't think that the painting did them justice Louis... but that's just my opinion....petersmile
Louis: As is the case with many of modern paintings, it comes down to the artist's impression. Comparing the portrait to pictures of the Verkade Girls, I have to agree with you. Except for the rosy cheeks, I miss the general exuberance normally associated with them. But then, Verkade used the idea of the girls to portray what? That chocolate and cookies make for a healthy life? Hardly, eh? So maybe it is the artist's comment on the situation. Well one will never know ...
A very appealing image, from an era that has passed...

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