De redenaar

ZT/Jaap van Domselaer

Circa 1981.
Jaap van Domselaer was a poet and the brother of his first wife Matie. He lived with the couple in their apartment in Amsterdam during the second World War. Jaap was shot dead by the Germans when he tried to escape the occupied territory crossing the rivers to the liberated south of Holland. Jaap introduced Constant to many of the philosophers that would proof influential in Constant's visions.


The Elf King king is a ballad written by the German poet, Goethe, in 1782. Put to music by Schubert in 1815. It tells the sad tale of a father riding home with his son in his arms (presumably the boy is ill). The boy sees feverish images of the Elven king, imagery of death, who tries to lure him to the 'other side'. The boy frantically cries out to his father for help. The Elven king is relentless and threatens to take the boy by force. When the father reaches his destination the boy has passed away.
Constant also made an etch of the Erlkönig.

De lansen

On the back of the painting it says Souvenir d'Uccello. Paolo Uccello (1397-1475) was an Italian painter and a mathematician who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. In his book Lives of the Artists Giorgio Vasari claims that Uccello was obsessed by his interest in perspective and that he would stay up all night in his study trying to grasp the exact vanishing point. In his three piece painting The Battle for San Romano he uses the lances to create perspective, which Constant pays tribute to in this painting.

Sancho Pança

Sancho Pança is a fictional character from the novel Don Quixote written by Spanish author Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in 1605. Sancho acts as squire to Don Quixote, and provides comments throughout the novel. These comments are known as sanchismos, a combination of snappy humor, ironic Spanish proverbs, and earthy wit. "Panza" in Spanish means "belly" (cf. English "paunch," Italian "pancia").