Sunday, October 05, 2008

first peek of a new piece from the summer...

"The top of Anne Frank's chestnut tree, Amsterdam 2008" 50x60

here are some excerpts from the diary of Anne Frank where she mentions this tree, the top of which was her only connection to the outside world...

"Our chestnut tree is in full blossom. It is covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year..." - Anne Frank, 13 May 1944

"….from my favourite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind….as long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless sky, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy…." Anne Frank 23.2.44

'The two of us,' she wrote on Feb 23, 1944, referring to Peter and herself, 'looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air, and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn't speak.'


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