Reclining female figure (1963) Joan Bakker
Joan Bakker was a talented sculptor and has made many sculptures for the public space in Rotterdam. In 1963 he made this somewhat abstract stone statue, which he Reclining female figure called. It is a flat plastic made of soft sand-lime brick. Originally the pedestal of the statue was higher, but when the schoolyard was redesigned, the artwork was placed lower, which is nice for use on the schoolyard. The statue is at the entrance of the public elementary school De Kubus.
Joannes (Joan) Petrus Anthonius Maria Bakker (Oosterblokker, 1919 - 1999) visited the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, after which he settled permanently in Rotterdam. He was a student of Herman Mees (1880 - 1964) and the husband of sculptor and ceramist Maria Elias. Together with Jan Poot (architect at the Municipality of Rotterdam) he made it 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.