Workers (1964) Rudi Rooijackers

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About the artwork

The Hague sculptor Rudi Rooijackers has had several assignments in Rotterdam. This plastic of three adult men and one child was designed for the then Christian Lower Technical School and possibly Rooijackers wanted to give a feeling of togetherness. The concrete figures stand in a circle and have instruments that are in their hand; a gas cylinder is between them. The picture is made in the percentage scheme at the time of the construction of the school in 1964. The concrete plastic Workers shows the qualities why Rooijackers became so famous from the fifties. The bulky human figures that he made are solid and simple, in appearance and inwardly. He loves mass and weight and gives the figures an 'inner life in the volumes'.

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About the artist

Rudi Rooijackers (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1920 - The Hague, 1998) lived in The Hague during the war, where he studied sculpture at the academy. He was also a student assistant at Albert Termote for two years. He was active from 1946 and made reliefs, concrete and plaster sculptures, among other things. His sources of inspiration were Rodin and Modigliani. He himself labeled his style in the late 1960s as 'alternating figurative and non-figurative'. He carried out many monumental assignments and later focused on portrait art later in his life. His work is in the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Haags Gemeentemuseum. He made the work, among other things Scheveninger and Scheveningen in Scheveningen and a statue at the PTT laboratory in Leidschendam. He received a lot of press in life and received positive reviews.

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