Dutch windmill in a work of art

        Jacob Maris, a painter at The Hague, has created many windmill-themed paintings. A museum in Den Bosch houses his 1878 work "Five Windmills."
    Many ancient Dutch windmills have disappeared during the Marish period. With the industrial revolution and the rise of steam engines, they gradually lost their effectiveness. The vast majority of the 9,000 Dutch wind turbines were demolished around 1900.
        Landscape paintings from the Golden Age actually contain a lot of windmills. The Netherlands's prosperity owes much to these machines. Dutch East India Company at the time required a large bulk of timber in the shipbuilding industry and sawmill windmills played a considerable role.
        In addition, windmills have also been used to irrigate polders. The first of thousands of polders in the Netherlands was built more than four hundred years ago.
        Initially, the windmill was just one part of the landscape. By the 18th century, artists gradually portrayed the windmill in a more detailed way. Witnessed the demolition of an ancient windmill disappeared, deeply regrettable artists began to romanticize the windmill in their paintings. These works are very popular overseas, especially in the United States. By around 1930, with the birth of abstract art, the windmill also disappeared from the artwork.
        Nevertheless, the windmill has long become a symbol of the romantic atmosphere and pastoral style. Today in the Netherlands, although most of the ancient windmills have long since vanished in the course of history, they are still visible everywhere, setting the surrounding landscapes together and creating beautiful, realistic pictures.
        From the important tools of production to the symbol of romance and nostalgia, it seems that the windmills have such a status as today. Thank you very much those artists who creatively processed them!

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