I painted Johan de Witt as kind of a tribute: in several aspects he was to the Netherlands what Winston Churchill was for Great Britain. For both of them the royals were a real pain in the ass…
And I feel related to him. Not the most but neither the least by the fact we probably share our birthday. Like him, I too have something with mathematics, but mostly I empathize with his rational approach. I do not compare myself with him of course, in the video I call him the greatest Dutch statesman ever.
OTOH, I hate false modesty, so: presenting the painting is also bragging about it in a sense.
A couple of weeks after the first murder attempt at Johan his older brother was falsely accused of planning a murder attack on the William who in that days was claimant for the kingdom.
Like the brothers De Witt, my older brother and I share many views and values.
I do hope that if today’s ‘aristocrats’ come after me my brother will not suffer for my thought crimes.
P.S.: The video can also be viewed on Bitchute