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Mrs. Kerssemakers by hank1 Mrs. Kerssemakers by hank1
Mrs. Kerssemakers (c. 1890, age 4?)
Robert Tracy
Oils on canvas
14 x 11"
1985

My first girlfriend's grandmother.

My girl's name was Margaret Mary Kerssemakers. Her father was from Holland, where his mother married a man whose last name was Kerssemakers. Mr. William Kerssemakers had a little old B & W framed photo of his mother on the mantel. Would tell me the history of his grandfather, who he claimed was a close friend of Van Gogh. He would sit with this young 16 year suitor (myself) of his daughter with notes in a big book of Van Gogh's works. I do remember being wide-eyed to see the name Kerssemakers in a book about a great artist. This was my introduction to the work of Van Gogh.

But I mostly noticed a resemblences in the photo to my Margie, even though she was by then 15 or 16.

Although the last time I saw Margie (1968--she granted me a sad date while on leave after my first tour in Vietnam--we had broken up in 1966) before my marriage to Linda in 1969, her father and I had kept in touch all those years. In 1985 he loaned me the B & W photo and I made this painting of his mother, which he promply purchased.
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Stunning Work!!! Masterful!!!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I enjoy the stories as much as the paintings :nod:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I feel that I talk too much. But only online. In person I'm practically dumb, but not deaf.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm the same. I probably come off as a snob at times.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You and I are brothers. And we both know it. You never come off as a snob. There's so much in your work to start with, and then you offer your own books (I'll get the other two as soon as I can. Since Linda has read your "Saestralle" [link] at least as many times as I have I reckon she's your sister-in-law.) along with others' writings, music new to me, ideas and on it goes.
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
We are brothers, truly. And pLease say "hello" to sister-in-law :)
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Absolutely beautiful and the story behind it too. Very lovely. :love:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, sir, this is my favorite among your artwork, so delicately done, such an innocent face, so cut :love:
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