The inferno at the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris shocked about the whole world. In 1968, looked at the Baasroodse artist Jean Steeman, meanwhile, have died since the beginning of 2017, at a similar inferno in the Sint-Pauluskerk in Antwerp. All his life long he told everyone who wanted to hear about what he endured, and how his life was to be a painting of Rubens to the rescue. He made even a giant painting, the showpiece of his collection.
“That painting now hangs in the apartment of mama in Baasrode,” says Hendrik-Jan Steeman, son of artist Jean. “Some time ago, papa still works in the Court of Peene during a retrospective. He was enormously proud. Also what he that night in front of the burning church in Antwerp did. The parallel between the fire in the Notre-Dame in the Saint paul Church is striking: there also burned the roof and the tower. If you now hear about the conflagration in the Notre-Dame cathedral and art treasures that were saved, the parable is as good as complete.”