Balance (1987) Evert den Hartog
Evert den Hartog is known for his lightly stylized bronze human figures. He is inspired for his images by animals, among other things, but also by his daughter, who took part in ballet. He strives for a certain humor and lightness in his work. Den Hartog made a number of ballerinas, which have found a place in Rotterdam. This girl is related to the dancing ballerinas, because she also knows how to keep herself in balance. The figurine was refurbished in 1990 and placed again on the Korte Hoogstraat at the initiative of the shopkeepers' association. Together with the 'Reading girl' and the 'Playing bears'this work is part of a series of much-loved bronze statues in the shopping area of Rotterdam.
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.