Instead of a landscape on a scale Delftware, we see in this painting a landscape in a scale. The composition might seem a bit like an opening scene of a horror film: what is going to happen in that castle? Or is it just more of a landscape in a glass ball, which after vigorous shaking snow is swirling. The stylized cloud over the scale seems at first glance a strange element, yet fits perfectly in the picture. The cloud seems subdued drama, inspired by the title, just to relativise.
Rob Scholte, Het tranendal, 1986
JUL 6, 2015