Children grieving (1961) Adri Blok

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About the artwork

Artist Adri Blok is well-known in the public space of Rotterdam. She is praised for the psychological refinement of her work and beautifully constructed compositions. These are qualities that are very clear from this image of two child figures, which was placed in 1961 at the opening of the former Dijkzigt hospital. In this work she uses the characteristic naturalistic, somewhat stylized style. It is a very fine sculpture with a modest and sensitive appearance. The work with the title is in 1961 Children grieving in the NRC: “The sober, sensitive model of the figures deserves appreciation, the placement also on the silent square aside. ”This sculpture was intended for the auditorium of the auditorium. Blok was commissioned to bring the work into line with the solemn atmosphere of the space. That is why the boy and girl portray that defeat of a loss suffered. He puts his hand protectively in the side of the girl, who is holding a bouquet of flowers with her hand. In a Port warehouse from 1961 it is stated: “The faces show silent seriousness and childish resignation, behind which the youthful cheerfulness is reflected" Due to the renovation of the Dijkzigt hospital and the Erasmus MC, the work has been placed in the depot.

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About the artist

Adriana Cornelia Blok (Rotterdam, 1919 - 1990) was born in Charlois and received her education at the academy of visual arts in Rotterdam. She was one of the first sculptors in the Netherlands to make concrete reliefs. There are several bronze statues of her in Rotterdam, such as Koos Speenhoff and the Drum bearing.

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