Children with bird (1961) Joan Bakker

About the artwork

Children with bird is a large stone statue by sculptor Joan Bakker. His style is immediately recognizable: a dynamic composition with outward diagonals, which create round shapes and holes in the image, creating a beautiful interplay of emptiness, form, line and mass. At first glance one only sees curved lines, but on closer inspection these appear to be three harmoniously merging figures: an upright girl, a squatting boy and in their raised hands they hold a bird, spreading its wings to flee its flight. to start. A theme that has been realized more often at schools during the reconstruction period: growing up youngsters fleeing. Due to the demolition of the school building, the artwork was placed at the beginning of 2019 in the depot.

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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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