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October, 1914: Hendrik Geeraert by Jazochromatic October, 1914: Hendrik Geeraert by Jazochromatic
A new painting in my series of portraits from 100 years ago.

This is Hendrik Geeraert, a Flemish fisherman who was one of the few responsible for the outcome of the first world war.  Whereas the military may have been the 'brains', Geeraert was the 'hands' of the inundation of the Yser, a river running from France to the North Sea in Belgium.  He was one of the few who, by night, opened the sleuces of the river and inundated an area large enough to stop the German attackers right there.  For four years, world war one was a battle of Germany versus UK-France-Belgium (and later USA) in the trenches.  Strange how such a huge history can depend on such a few -non military- people.

Original painting is 50x70cm, oils on canvas, sold
Kudos to my brother, Benedict Wydooghe, who wrote a book about Hendrik Geeraert and the inundation of the Yser: check out his book (Flemish)
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