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Zaanse Schans


Zaanse Schans by Claude Monet - would be somewhere 1850 to 1870. His impression of what it looked like back then.


The museum at the Schans showed how import led to industry - a visual lesson in entrepreneurship. It all started with people going out and finding stuff - in this case it was wood, cacao beans, coffee beans, whales, rice, sugar and such that could be sourced somewhere out there. Importing cacao for instance meant nothing if there was no market in the home country of the Netherlands. It required someone to put cacao to use. The importer seldom had the time or focus to attend to the "put to use" side of things. Someone gained the knowledge how to process beans to derive cacao from it. We all know that at some time this became a fashionable drink on the continent. But, drink alone couldn't sustain either the import business, nor the factory. So combining sugar and milk with cacao, someone came up with chocolate. Sugar and cacao imported while milk is aplenty in the low lands. That is how a business like Verkade came to be - chocolates, cookies with chocolate and cookies without chocolate - and then some more. The Schans served as a harbour in the river Zaan, which was linked to the sea.


The museum pays homage to many a strater-up family. Each with their own line of business - be it import, manufacturing, downline manufacturing and eventually export - and many of those businesses still provide the bread and jam on the table to many households. The greater Schans area was a veritable hub of industry.



comments (11)

I like this presentation - you did well to capture this without reflections off glass, or background noise, etc. Thanks for the info on the museum!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. The bridge camera has a 'museum' function, with which one can take indoor pictures, without a flash.
Often the person who has the idea is not the one who makes a commercial success of it.
Louis: You are right, Bill. Patent rights highjacked many an inventor's idea. And sometimes the inventor just don't have entrepreneurial acumen.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 19 Jun 2017, 00:56
Demonstrates how little detail we need to get the picture, Louis.
Louis: ... and then you present it in a big frame and become famous smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2017, 06:34
Love this, the work of a master Louis
Louis: Indeed, I was impressed,Chris.
Good for Claude Monet to visit such a landmark place, Louis, and YOU for showing his rendition to us like this.
Louis: There were more of his Zaanse paintings, so I guess he must have spent a couple of months at least. Thank you Ginnie.
Thank you for an interesting read Louis.
Louis: I am glad to oblige sir Chad.
What an interesting painting from Monet!
Louis: Quite simplistic, I thought, Mary.
I'd be happy to have that on my wall.
Louis: Heh, heh - you will probably be able to afford a new wall with it - but yes, I wouldn't sell if they were to give it to me.
I've not seen this before, what I delightful painting.
Louis: Simple and effective - yes, I like it too, Brian.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jun 2017, 15:29
I think this was done in his early years..in 1870 he staid in Zaandam for 4 months after that in Amsterdam and later went to France. Love this simple but nice painting.
Louis: Thanks for the additional facts, Astrid. There were some other Zaanse paintings by Monet as well.
the frame gets more attention than the painting, Louis. i enjoyed the text with insights into creating market demand too.

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