Hand and head (1959) Henk de Vos

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About the artwork

This work Hand and head made the Rotterdam artist Henk de Vos in 1959 for the facade of the 6e Industrial School for girls 'De Starrenburg'. The facade relief is divided into two halves. The left half shows a hand that makes the internationally known ok gesture: thumb and circle form the 'o' and the other fingers stretch up. The right side shows half a face. The hand gesture and face have elegant details that give the relief an unmistakable grace. A horizontal brick background is visible behind the hand, the bricks are placed vertically behind the face. Despite its somewhat receding position, the work still jumps forward. De Vos emphasized the architecture by giving depth to the building. The work has been realized with the percentage scheme.

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About the artist

At the end of the 1930s Henk de Vos (Rotterdam, 1911 - Ribiers, France, 1982) left the Netherlands, shortly after his education at the art academy in Rotterdam. He came to the Dutch East Indies and was repatriated in 1949 after his wanderings and captivity, after which he started working as an artist in Rotterdam. He was a book illustrator, graphic artist and set designer. But also active in monumental art with concrete reliefs, gobelins, mosaics and wall plastics in perspex. In 1961 he became a teacher at the academy and continued to work until his retirement in 1976. He was a talented artist who, among other things, made the relief for Beurs metro station with a representation of a welder.

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