Ballerina I (1988) Evert den Hartog
Ballerina I is an image in a series of several ballet dancers. Artist Evert den Hartog was inspired for this series by his daughter. This ballerina is a standing girl dressed in ballet clothes and standing in a ballet position. She puts one leg forward, stretching her arms behind her. The former district of Charlois commissioned this statue, which stood in the garden of the country house d'Oliphant on the Kromme Zandweg. The image was unfortunately stolen from the garden in 2010.
Evert den Hartog (Liesveld, 1949) was educated at the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts. From 1971 to 1976 he was taught there by Arie Teeuwisse and Bram Roth. In the first years after his training, he mainly made ceramic work until he decided to cast statues in bronze himself. His regular subjects are humans and animals, in many variations. Birds and bulls in particular are animals that often appear in his work. His daughter Eline modeled for the Ballerinaseries. Various works of art by Den Hartog can be found in Rotterdam. His works of art can also be found in Amsterdam, The Hague and Venlo, as well as in Belgium, Indonesia, Japan and America.