Public Figure Profiles

Gerrit van Houten

Gerrit van Houten (also known as Gerry Wood), (29 August 1866, Groningen – 18 January 1934, Santpoort) was a Dutch painter and artist.

The Van Houten family lived just outside the gates of the city of Groningen on the Damsterdiep canal. Although Gerrit would still recognize number 215, the house where he was born on 29 August 1866, its surroundings would seem most strange.

The layout of the house is much the same, with the water pump still in the kitchen, although it no longer works. The stable is now used for storage. A corridor and one of the rooms in the former office would still look familiar to Gerrit, because they are exactly as they were with the door panels that he himself painted.

The house belonged to the timber merchants and sawmill run by Gerrit's father Hindrik and Hindrik's brother Jakob. The sawmill ‘De Twee Reizigers’ stood next to the house on the Damsterdiep canal. Behind the house ditches had been dug; the timber was steeped in these to increase its durability. To the west were the city ramparts and the Steentilpoort gate; in all other directions fields as far as the eye could see.

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Some of their strengths

Gerrit van Houten has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Generous, Trustworthy, Sophisticated, Passionate, Energetic, Perseverent, and Courageous.

Smart and Sophisticated

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Gerrit van Houten is someone who is a smart, sophisticated, and organized person who displays kindness and grace in every day interactions, and who also has a passionate soul. A person who is known for being fun and creative.

Adventurous and Free

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Gerrit van Houten well know them as someone who can be talented, wayward and free, like a big river or the ocean.

Productive and Perseverent

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Gerrit van Houten as someone who is productive, persevering, deliberate, and direct.

A person who is creative, has good luck with work and money, good listening skills, good relationships with people at work, is a good teacher or counselor, and who is good at organizing groups, teams, or causes.

Exacting and Achievement-oriented

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Gerrit van Houten is someone who has very high expectations for people, and who can be extremely focused on achieving goals and objectives.

They are also someone who is reflective, mysterious, and purposeful, who enjoys quiet and solo work, and who thrives in positions where there is no need to report to someone else.

Altruistic and Purposeful

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Gerrit van Houten tends to be someone who has a desire to be of service to a higher calling and who is always trying to perfect things. Who can be practical and polished, reserved and methodical, and who tends to trust internal judgment before trusting anyone else at face value.

Some of Gerrit van Houten's challenges

While Gerrit van Houten has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Gerrit van Houten can be Stubborn, Perfectionist, Difficult, Short-tempered, Impulsive, Idle, and Possessive.

Difficult and Perfectionist

One of Gerrit van Houten's key challenges is that they are someone who can be difficult and too much of a perfectionist.

Possessive and Stubborn

Gerrit van Houten is someone who can be possessive, jealous, inflexible, and stubborn, can have a habit of being a frivolous spender, and who can feel insecure or cynical in romantic relationships and have difficulty forming productive personal and professional partnerships.

Critical and Bossy

Finally, Gerrit van Houten also can be too focused on the small details of life, try to control whatever is happening, and be finicky and demanding.

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