Triomf (1995) Kees Verkade

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About the artwork

This statue was commissioned by Dura Bouw Groep and unveiled by Prince Bernhard in 1995. The artist Kees Verkade was chosen, because he was known as a virtuoso in this field with his extensive oeuvre of bronze sculptures. In Triomf Verkade's figurative traditional style is recognizable. The three figures show an upward movement. They form almost one figure that makes an impulse to leap up: where the bottom one is almost weighed down by a heavy load and the middle one struggles free, the top one already manages to free itself completely and raises his arms jubilantly to the sky and throws his head on his neck. The image is three-dimensional: the three figures form almost a spiral, which has a different, but equally interesting view from each side. The statue is located next to the entrance of the former Rabobank head office at Blaak 333.

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About the artist

Kees Verkade (Haarlem, 1941 - Monaco, 2020) made more than 4.000 images. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague from 1958 to 1963. Due to lack of space, he ended up in the sculpture department instead of drawing advertising, his original wish. As a visual artist he made countless statues and busts of famous people from high society. His artisanal and highly understandable figurative style made him a popular artist and even a star in the jet set. He had lived and worked in Monaco for years, where he had good ties with the royal family.

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