boerenzakdoek holland I
red . mintgreen . purple
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009
boerenzakdoek holland II
red . white . cobalt blue
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009
boerenzakdoek holland III
red . white . ultramarin blue
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009

the
netherlands

since 1937

The flag of the Netherlands is a horizontal tricolour of red, white, and blue. Introduced in 1572, it is one of the first tricolours and the oldest tricolour still in use today. Since 1937, the flag has officially been the national flag of the Netherlands and of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Louis Bonaparte, made king of Holland by his brother the Emperor Napoleon, wished to pursue a purely Dutch policy and to respect national sentiments as much as possible. He removed the maiden of freedom from the flag and restored the old tricolour. His pro-Dutch policies led to conflicts with his brother, however, and the Netherlands were incorporated into the French Empire. Its flag was replaced by the imperial emblems. In 1813, the Netherlands regained its independence and the Prince of Orange returned to the country from England. In order to demonstrate the attachment of the people to the House of Orange, the orange-white-blue and the red-white-blue fluttered together on the roofs.

source: wikipedia
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