Holland – a land full of surprises, strange traditions, free-spirited people and a rich history.
Charlotte Dematons, known for her well-loved picture book The Yellow Balloon, grew up in France, but moved to the Netherlands to study art as so many have before her. With the eye of an outsider but a warm heart for the country that became her new home, Charlotte Dematons paints with a keen eye for the detail for everything that makes The Netherlands so Dutch.
It’s easy to see how New York was first New Amsterdam when delving into modern-day Holland. The idiosyncrasies that make Holland so unique are revealed: from pensionada in unisex rain jackets on their bikes to a grandmother with her walker, skating on the ice, between the scenes of Avercamp, Bruegel and Bosch – and of course the multicultural Dutch society revealed and celebrated with wit and warmth.
CHARLOTTE DEMATONS (1957) was born in the Netherlands, went to school in France, and studied art at de Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Ms. Dematons has made many illustrations for children’s books, and received the most prestigious illustration awards. Uniquely talented in picture-book art, Charlotte’s work has the appearance of an old master, painted with loving care.