Dutch dolmen: D54 Havelte-O, Life and Death


“D54 Havelte-O, Life and Death” gives a look at one of the Dutch dolmens and its builders. 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Water color and fineliner pens on paper.

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Dutch Dolmen: D54 Havelte-O, Life and Death

“D54 Havelte-O, Life and Death” gives a look at one of the Dutch dolmens. In addition, we see a schematic representation of what may have been contemporaries of the builders. Like transparent ghosts, this family stands in front of the remains of the burial mound. Their ancestors float above it. Next to the family is the grain that these people were the first to cultivate in this region. There is some cattle in the distance.

D54 Havelte-O

The Netherlands have just over fifty dolmens. They are all – except one – in the province of Drenthe. D54 Havelte-O is the highest in numbering. It lies close to D53 Havelte-W in a hilly landscape that took its shape in the ice age. The two prehistoric buildings are a bit out of direction compared to other dolmens. The ride to it is nevertheless very worthwhile. The nature around the Havelterberg is beautiful, as are the burial mounds that you can find there.


For this series I first drew the dolmens with watercolor pencils. Then I added the schematic figures and the contours with fineliner pen. The choice of the figures was a purely intuitive process. Water color and fineliner pen on paper, 30,5 x 22,9 centimeters.


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Dimensions30.5 × 22.9 × 1 cm


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