When I was a young boy living in Eindhoven I sometimes visited the studio of Kees Bol. at that time he lived in Rustenburgstraat in the suburb of Tongelre and I lived in Willeartplein in the Bennekel which was only about 5Km; a very short ride on my bike. I don't remember how long I stayed each time but I do remember that there wasn't a lot of conversation. Mostly I sat and watched this master working his subject; I found the visits to his studio most inspiring.
In 2008 Mary and I were fortunate to reconnect with him in his new location in the beautiful ancient town of Heusden; he died just two weeks later, age 93.
Sometime after our visit his family send me one of his paintbrushes.
The small yellow painting with the red cage and dead bird
is a memorial to Kees. The red and white checked Brabantse
pennant (the province where he was born) is at half mast. I painted it in responce to hearing of his death. The bird is borowed from one of his
My series “The Infinite Birdcage” was inspired by this little painting.