Fanny Blankers-Koen (1956) Han Rehm

Max Dereta
About the artwork

This bronsplastic of an athletic woman pays homage to the athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen made by artist Han Rehm. The runner is immortalized the moment she crosses the finish line; full speed and the body thrown forward. At the Olympic Games of 1948 she won a gold medal at four distances, including the 100 meter sprint. She was from Amsterdam and received a big parade there after her Olympic victories. Blankers-Koen remained modest with such a tribute. "All I did was win some running competitions," said the champion who would set twenty world records. Fanny Blankers-Koen was the first sculpted sportswoman in the Rotterdam outdoor area. Later she was followed by Coen Moulijn. The image was unveiled on Saturday 30 June 1956 by Mr. Pieter Kodde (chairperson of the Citizens' Committee Image Fanny Blankers-Koen) and Jan Meertens (alderman for Public Works, on behalf of the College of B&W), in the presence of Fanny Blankers-Koen and Han Rehm. Behind the curtains, local residents watch over possible vandalism. It seems that local residents sometimes clean the image and leave a note with the words: “Mrs. Blankers, we cleaned you up today. You were completely covered in bird droppings. "

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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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