Children with ball (1962) Joan Bakker

Bob Goedewaagen
About the artwork

Children with ball van Joan Bakker originally stood in Overschie on the Baanweg. During the construction of the 'De Lijnbaan' school, the architect J. Koops had this work made by means of the percentage scheme and placed it in the garden of the school. In 2005 it has been relocated to a park on Mathenesserlaan. It is a small sandstone plastic on a concrete base. A boy and a girl are playing and have a ball in their hands. In Bakker's work you can clearly see that he was able to work with combinations of hard surfaces and wavy shapes to create an exciting image. There is movement and life in the image, as a result of which a lot seems to happen with regard to looks, attitudes, counterpart and fall of clothing.

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About the artist

Joannes (Joan) Petrus Anthonius Maria Bakker (Oosterblokker, 1919 - 1999) visited the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, after which he settled permanently in Rotterdam. Among other things, he was a student of Herman Mees (1880 - 1964) and the husband of sculptor and ceramicist Riet (Maria) Elias. He made it together with Jan Poot (architect at the Municipality of Rotterdam) Liberation Monument at the Brink in Vreewijk, Feijenoord. On an office building on Botersloot, he designed ornaments with great visual power and clear stonemason qualities. He was able to handle the hardest types of stone, in which he applied reliefs with attention to the role of light on the various types of stone. There are several works by Joan Bakker in Rotterdam.

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