Jan Toorop: O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory? (1892)

Many thanks to Roos Zwart LandArtist for pointing me to this artwork. 🙂

Jan Toorop, ‘O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?’, 1892, Rijk Museum

Who Is Jan Toorop?

Johannes Theodorus ‘Jan’ Toorop was a Dutch-Indonesian painter, who worked in various styles, including Symbolism, Art Nouveau, and Pointillism. His early work was influenced by the Amsterdam Impressionism movement.

Jan Toorop, ‘O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?’, 1892, Rijk Museum (detail)

A Poem: Forgiveness

    My heart was heavy, for its trust had been
    Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong;
    So, turning gloomily from my fellow-men,
    One summer Sabbath day I strolled among
    The green mounds of the village burial-place;
    Where, pondering how all human love and hate
    Find one sad level; and how, soon or late,
    Wronged and wrongdoer, each with meekened face,
    And cold hands folded over a still heart,
    Pass the green threshold of our common grave,
    Whither all footsteps tend, whence none depart,
    Awed for myself, and pitying my race,
    Our common sorrow, like a mighty wave,
    Swept all my pride away, and trembling I forgave!

John Greenleaf Whittier
Jan Toorop, ‘O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?’, 1892, Rijk Museum (detail)

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Read More

Rijk Museum

Jan Toorop at Wikipedia

Jan Toorop at Artcyclopedia

Jan Toorop at Google Arts and Culture

At Sunnyside

Jan Toorop: The Tide (1891)

Thanks for Visiting 🙂


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Terrifying images of what awaits beyond the grave.

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    1. I don’t look at the right side – only the rescue on the left..lol. I am a weenie. 🙂

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  2. That is an extremely well done and highly symbolic illustration by Jan Toorop.

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    1. Roos Zwart told me that it is really spectacular in person. This one is on my bucket list. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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