Friday, July 9, 2010

The Netherlands I

The Netherlands' flag is based on the heraldic colours (coat of arms), of Prince William of Orange, who led the fight for Dutch independence from Spain in 1568.  By 1648 Spain finally recognized the Netherlands independence.  In the mid 17th century, the orange stripe was changed to red but the reason is unclear.  One theory is because red is more visible than orange when viewed from a distance.  Red, white and blue were officially announced as the colours of the flag in 1796.

A Royal Decree was issued in 1937, by Queen Wilhelmina, and the red, white and blue of the Dutch National Flag were adopted as the flag for the Netherlands.  An orange pennant (hurray for keeping some orange!), together with the national flag, is still flown as a sign of allegiance of the Dutch people to the House of Orange.

Red for strength & valour
White for peace and honesty
Blue for truth and loyalty

*(email me if there is a particular flag you are interested in and we can discuss a commission)

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12x6 oil on canvas.

3 comments:

.Caroline Bray Art said...

No doubt there will be many of these waving on Sunday! I'm really enjoying your flags, they have great movement and appear dappled with little, perhaps even very slightly transparent. Great work Kim!

.Caroline Bray Art said...

No doubt there will be many of these waving on Sunday! I'm really enjoying your flags, they have great movement and appear dappled with little, perhaps even very slightly transparent. Great work Kim!

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful color and movement.