Untitled (1960) Klaas van den Erve

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About the artwork

The building on the corner of the Karel Doormanstraat and the Oude Binnenweg dates from 1953 and on the ground floor contains a facade mosaic in 1960 made by Klaas van den Erve. It is a fairly exceptional work for this artist, who also worked as a draftsman and lithographer. It is the only wallwork known to the Cultural Heritage Agency. His background is reflected in this work that is conceived as an abstract line drawing. Completely non-figurative, it is also innovative in technology, because it makes big holes in the wall. The composition seems to continue beyond the set architectural frameworks, is brutally cut through by the window, and those have been conscious choices by the artist. It is a very expressive and powerful whole, more strongly graphic linear than that of many contemporaries who, for example, had a background as a sculptor or painter. That makes this work quite special.

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About the artist

Klaas van den Erve (Rotterdam, 1912 - Rotterdam, 1992) was a lithographer, draftsman and drawing teacher, living in Rotterdam. He has created one façade mosaic on the Karel Doormanstraat in the center of Rotterdam, but little else is known about him.