I have known about the existance of this painting from when I was about 10 yrs old and although I was born in The Hague, I had never seen it in real. Until two years ago when we decided to see it with some friends. It is fantastic, almost unreal. An impossible project for one person. From an observation gallery in the centre of the room the cylindrical perspective creates the illusion that the viewer is on a high sand dune overlooking the sea, beaches and village of Scheveningen in the late 19th century. A foreground of fake terrain around the viewing gallery hides the base of the painting and makes the illusion more convincing. It is unbelievable!
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