The bobber (1966) Gust Romijn

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This artwork is called The bobber, but is nicknamed 'Jan with the vertical balls'. According to the artist, it comes from the 'Cool Years' of his career, which lasted from around 1965 to 1972. Romijn distinguished his development in the periods First Years, Lyric Years, Wild Years, Cool Years, Active Years, Thoughtful Years and Recent Years. His 'cool years' followed a stay in New York, where metal sculptures painted in color became prominent in his work. Romijn made the images in different formats, but always in a series. The smallest is 80 centimeters high and the largest 10 meters. The red high bobber far exceeds its surroundings and can already be seen from the Kuip.

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About the artist

Gust Romijn (Noordwijkerhout, 1922 - Dreischor, 2010) worked as a sculptor, graphic artist and painter. Together with Louis van Roode and Piet Rovers, he belonged to the Window group, consisting of young Rotterdam graphic artists. He also joined the New Images League during that period. He participated in the World Exhibition in Brussels (1958). Romijn was awarded the National 5 May Graph Prize (1955) and the Prix Suisse (1957). The artist lived and worked most of his career in Rotterdam, until he moved to Dreischor on Schouwen-Duiveland in 1982.

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