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The Little Rascal

On last Friday's post, Louis asked me if I had been to the Spui yet here in Amsterdam and seen this Het Lieverdje statue.  I told him that the Spui was where I had met Petra and her friend, Wim, the etcher,  on May 20th (in fact, we went back yesterday and said HI to Wim).  So YES, I have been to the Spui, where the ark market is on Sundays.

I just happened to see Het Lieverdje nearby and took this pic back in May.  He's Amsterdam's Little Rascal, representing the guttersnipes all over the city who get into mischief but have hearts of gold. 

So, Louis, this is for you!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Little Rascal

On last Friday's post, Louis asked me if I had been to the Spui yet here in Amsterdam and seen this Het Lieverdje statue.  I told him that the Spui was where I had met Petra and her friend, Wim, the etcher,  on May 20th (in fact, we went back yesterday and said HI to Wim).  So YES, I have been to the Spui, where the ark market is on Sundays.

I just happened to see Het Lieverdje nearby and took this pic back in May.  He's Amsterdam's Little Rascal, representing the guttersnipes all over the city who get into mischief but have hearts of gold. 

So, Louis, this is for you!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (27)

  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 27 Aug 2007, 00:03
Love the treatment, i'm going to read up on Het
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Etomi. Just one of those urchins that can be so endearing!
Love the tones. Did you use a pp filter
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie. No, I did not use a filter this time. smile
Very interesting textures here. What on earth does this statue mean?
Ginnie Hart: I think there's probably a lot more about this statue that I know nothing about, Chris, but at least on the surface he represents all the poor urchins around the city who are mischievous and playful. Ones you can never catch, I'm quite sure (like in Oliver Twist). Thanks.
U know me Granny always love your toning skills...Love this wink
Ginnie Hart: As always, Nacha, thanks. smile
Love it...love it...love it smile
Ginnie Hart: Aww, shucks, Fausto. Thank you, thank you, thank you. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Aug 2007, 03:38
Love the sculpture.
Love the image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Sir Ray!
yes, I agree about the toning...very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dotun.
c'est chouette que tu ais opté pour ces tons-là. très belle photo,
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, O-P. Thanks.
Excellent sculpture, beautiful capture and handling you you. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, as always, Roz.
I like the "hearts of Gold" perspective. Most people wont have the heart to realize that the little rascals on the street could have hearts of golds. Proud to have a Golden Hart amongst us Ginnie - great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. What a sweet thing to say, Thomas! Thank you! smile
This statue is an ode to the Amsterdam brat and it was a gift to the town of Amsterdam from the cigarette company Hunter(!). There was a time when this statue was dressed differently every day. Now, in winter, you can sometimes see it with a scarf or a warm hat.
Also this statue and the Spui was the "magical centre" in the sixties and seventies where the famous 'happenings' were held by the Provos.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks so much for your added insight, Wim. I did read some about those happenings in the 60s and 70s, back when there was so much political militism.

Also,as Moi said, he reminds me of Manneken Pis in Brussels who has a whole museum of outfits to wear. smile
The sculptor has to be the same one as one you had last week with girls sitting aroun him. The melting leg and this are similar in style.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. I wonder if you're right, Mary. Wouldn't that be fun to find out! I'll let you know if ever I do. Thanks.
That's a nice and interesting sculpture Ginnie !! I like it because there's something 'cartoon' or 'comic' in its texture... that's lively and fresh (sorry for the poor vocabulary) and thanks again for your lovely comments ! ;-)
Ginnie Hart: He sure is a scrappy fella, isn't he, Flo, and your vocabulary is perfect! Thank YOU.
Very nice shot. The monochrome works well. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank million, Dave. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Aug 2007, 12:41
Thank you Ginnie, I am blushing as I sit here smile

Excellent picture and pp. Go back many years and on his feet, so to speak, sat I.

Some facts to add. The golden heart story originated when Henri Knap, a columnist of Het Parool (dutch newspaper) wrote a story of an urchin that saved a dog that fell into one of the canals. The story drew a lot of attention at a time when in post war there were many of these urchins and things were very difficult in holland. Resulting in one of the biggest emigration waves in that country - destination countries Canada, Oz, NZ, SA etc.

The success of the original story resulted in more similar columns from Knap. In the end becoming a symbol of the underlying golden hearts of these boys who as boys were always up to mischief as well. These boys were also a product of their time. Lost parents, unwanted children of unions between occupying soldiers and locals, etc - seriously hard times in holland.

Pot station no 2 - Spui; no 1 was Damrak opposite Kraznapolsky.
Ginnie Hart: I figured that between you and Wim, we'd all get the low-down! Love it. Thanks a million for the good info and history, Louis.
Hi Ginnie,
The weather is still great,, and stys that way this coming week!
Nice to see my beloved city , which is Amsterdam' through your photograpy..!!

By the way:
Pick up your nomination from ME, I gave you an award, for.... just look read WHY and see.Thank you!

have a great time smile JoAnn
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, JoAnn. I'm glad I can show you your city through my eyes. smile
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 27 Aug 2007, 16:01
Great pic. The houses are so characteristic of Amsterdam. Love the monotone..
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they are, Gale. I love the Amsterdam houses! Thanks. smile
Only the Dutch are smart enough to have a monument to a little rascal. I like their style.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are so right, Martin. smile Thanks.
  • Mal
  • 27 Aug 2007, 19:09
there is only one little rascal around here Ginnie! And she is from Atlanta! lol all the best. mal
Ginnie Hart: You are quite the rascal yourself, Mal, to say that. HA! Only from you. smile (I gladly accept the honor.)
great colour and texture... the statue has a 3D feel.
Ginnie Hart: You're right about the 3D feel, William. I hadn't noticed that. Thanks.
lol, looks like a fun lad to be with...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, he does. smile Thanks, Sam, and welcome back again.
  • Pilgrim
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Aug 2007, 20:14
Lovely image Ginnie. I only got to Amsterdam once on business and never had a chance to look around. It looks as interesting as I imagined it to be. David.
Ginnie Hart: It is VERY interesting, David, and if ever you get back again, let me know and I'll gladly show you around!
What.. a statue of me as a kid..
Very nice shot Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I bet it looks like a lot of us from back then. smile Thanks, Magnus.
Great shot really, like very much the use of sepia tones here !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, as always, Zeb. smile
  • Kay
  • 28 Aug 2007, 02:55
I vaguely remembering hearing about the guttersnipes when I was younger...and your wonderful picture brings back memories for me, Ginnie! smile Well done!

Louis would indeed be a perfect mischievous elven or guttersnipe, Ginnie! I agree with Marybeth.
Ginnie Hart: I agree as well, Kay! Louis, the Mischief Maker. I can see it now. smile

Thanks, as always, Kay, for your meaningful comments.
  • Shailja
  • Boston, USA
  • 28 Aug 2007, 17:00
Havent been to Amsterdam yet, but thanks to your tourist blog will know where all to stop by! COol sculpture.
Ginnie Hart: Let me know if/whenever you come here, Shailja, and I'll show you around! smile
Cool sculpture - somehow it looks like he is standing like a giant in a miniture city...
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Aksel. In truth, this is a fairly small statue...maybe 3-4 feet tall. smile

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