Description: BLOK VAN DER VELDEN, Ad (Dutch 1913 - 1980). Texel, 1944. Oil on canvas, signed 'BLOK v.d. VELDE', titled and dated (lower right). Professionally cleaned and restored (multiple areas of inpaint visible in ultraviolet light corresponding i.a. to two patches on the reverse).
Dimensions: 48.5 x 60.5 cm.
Artist or Maker: BLOK VAN DER VELDEN, Ad (Dutch 1913 - 1980).
Provenance: Private collection; acquired directly from the artist
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Although Texel was a part of the Atlantic Wall, the war passed very quietly as it is suggested by this painting by Blok van der Velden from 1944. But at the very end of WW II the so called Georgian Uprising gave the island more than its share. During the rebellion 565 Georgians, at least 812 Germans, and 120 residents of Texel were killed. The destruction was enormous; farms went up in flames etc. The damage was estimated at more than four million euro. The bloodshed lasted beyond the German capitulation in the Netherlands on 5 May 1945 and even beyond Germany's general surrender. Only when the Canadian troops arrived on 20 May 1945 the Germans finally surrendered.