On this day in Dutch history On the 7th of August 1932, Rien Poortvliet was born. As the son of a plasterer and brought up in a very strict and religious family, it seemed unlikely that Poortvliet would ever become an artist as his parents didnt like the idea of him going to an Art Academy. (Photo above, a Gnome drawn by Rien Poortvliet, with description.)
"A Nun Seated at a Table Knitting" by François Bonvin (1862) at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland - From the curators' comments: "François Bonvin was a prolific watercolorist, and he developed a lifelong interest in modest religious subjects showing scenes of everyday life. This delightfully simple image of a nun knitting reveals the artist's appreciation for 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), whose work he copied."