The milkmaid (1938) Han Rehm

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About the artwork

This picture The milkmaid was designed in 1938 by the Rotterdam sculptor Han Rehm. Since 1935, Rehm had his studio at 172 's Gravenweg. He made this sculpture on commission just before the war, but it was never sold for unclear reasons. When the artist died in 1970, the plaster cast was still in Rehm's studio in Kralingen. Since it was too large to place indoors, the artist's son, Frits Rehm, had a bronze cast made and placed it in his own garden in 1980. But the image had to get a better and more public place. The Rehm family therefore donated the statue to the Kuyl's Fundatie Foundation, diagonally opposite the former studio. The statue of a tough lady with a milk can in her hand was placed in October 2019.

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About the artist

Artist Han Rehm (Rotterdam, 1908 - Rotterdam, 1970) studied art at Reading University in England and then studied drawing at the Rotterdam art academy for a short period. He then studied sculpture at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 1930 he also went on to do a follow-up sculpture in Vienna. In 1935 he settled in his own studio in Kralingen. Besides sculptor, he was active as a medalist. Among other things, he made a medal for Leiden University (1958). Han Rehm is best known for his work in Rotterdam The load carrier on the Kop van Zuid and the image of the Olympic athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen in Blijdorp.

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