Anton Verhey monument (1926) John Rädecker

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About the artwork

The Anton Verhey monument was founded in 1926 to commemorate this Rotterdam conductor, musician, composer and music teacher, who died unexpectedly on 12 February 1924. The young sculptor John Rädecker was commissioned to make a monument and set himself the goal of symbolizing Verhey's life in a single figure. Rädecker chose the mythical figure Orpheus, who, when he played on his lyre, could make people and animals listen breathlessly. Orpheus is depicted in a squat seat, playing a stylized winch, while a monkey, lion, lamb and dog are listening at his feet. The text on the edge of the base is as follows: Anton BH Verhey - in memoriam - Tone artist - 2 / 2 1871 - 2 / 2 1924. The image is signed at the top right of the monkey with JR 1925.

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About the artist

John Rädecker (Amsterdam, 1885 - 1956) was a well-known Dutch sculptor. He is the creator of it Monument on the Dam in Amsterdam. His work is loved in the art trade. In 1999, a bronze mask from him raised 240.000 guilders at an auction. Throughout his life he has made powerful images with a completely personal expression. He made nudes, animals and portraits. Influences of Egyptian and Greek sculpture gave his work an archaic stylization, which sometimes turned out to be more grotesque and sometimes more elegant. He was the son of a sculptor and his two brothers were sculptors who also supported him in his work.

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