The text below is automatically translated using Microsoft Azure Translator
Nellie: The image represents an early memory. The girl is two and a half when she is taken to see her father for the last time. She's going up a big white marble staircase. When her father sees her, he wants to pick her up, but he's too weak for that. He caresses her and tells her, "my big girl, be good," shortly after he dies. The warmth of this moment is in stark contrast to what was to come next, a childhood without a nice word. This moment with her father she has taken in her whole life, her own children would get all the love she could give! This memory took place in the Ukraine. it was a time of danger and menace, her father was often wrongfully imprisoned. Once in the Netherlands she learned the language in 1963 by reading the Donald Duck. The Dutch flag is therefore incorporated in this portrait.