Domburgs Light

A film idea about Zeeland.

The case Piet Mondriaan is part of 'Grootjans' project Storage for Distorted Matter' and deals with the probability that the Zeeland light that Piet Mondriaan saw for the first time in Domburg in September 1908, has largely changed and shaped his oeuvre.

The fashionable resort is very popular at the beginning of the twentieth century. As a holiday resort and as a source of inspiration for artists who, attracted by the Zeeland light, come to Walcheren en masse. The healthy seawater, the fresh air and the presence of doctor-masseur Mezger makes Domburg a world-famous spa for the well-to-do.

Jan Toorop designs a wooden pavilion where annually recurring summer exhibitions are organized with work by, among others, his daughter Charley, Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig, Jacoba van Heemskerck, Mies Elout-Drabbe, Maurice and Sárika Góth. Initially Piet Mondriaan also belongs to this group. The well-filled wallet of the European elite will undoubtedly have played a role, but the artists are above all attracted by the sea, the dunes, the Walcheren hinterland with the beautiful villages, the beautiful cloudy skies, not to mention the Zeeland light.

Poets, writers and musicians also sing the Garden of Zeeland. Queen Elisabeth of Romania writes under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva, Arthur van Schendel walks musingly across the dune to the sea, P.C. Boutens is gripped by the work of Toorop and close. The light is Zeeland and Zeeland light is different from anywhere in the world.