Balance (1987) Evert den Hartog
Evert den Hartog is known for his lightly styled bronze human figures. He is inspired for his sculptures by animals, but also by his daughter, who does ballet. In his work he strives for a certain humor and lightness. Den Hartog made a number of ballerinas that have found a place in Rotterdam. This girl is related to the dancing ballerinas, because she also manages to keep her balance. The statue was refurbished in 1990 and placed again at Korte Hoogstraat on the initiative of the retailers' association. Together with the 'Reading Girl' and the 'Playing Bears'this work is part of a series of very popular bronze statues in the shopping area of Rotterdam.
Evert den Hartog (Liesveld, 1949) is educated at the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts from 1971 to 1976. In the first years after his education, he mainly made ceramic work until he decided to cast bronze himself. His regular subjects are humans and animals, in many variations. His daughter Eline has been the model for the Ballerinaseries.