Untitled (1958) Wim van der Weerd

About the artwork

The Parkflat is built between 1949 and 1958 and overlooks The Park. The apartment building is on Westzeedijk and has twelve floors. Before that time it was a high luxury residential apartment and it forms the end of the block on the Westzeedijk. The design is by architect Ernest Groosman. He asked Wim van der Weerd, who was originally an architect, to make a monumental work at the entrance to the Parkflat. The work consists of three forms. The largest shape is blue and is applied to the wall. A circle has been saved. To the left of it is a smaller shape, which is also saved and painted red on the inside. At the bottom right a small shape has been saved in yellow. The addition of color creates depth in the work, but the composition itself is simple and represents a fish.

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About the artist

Wim van der Weerd (Buiksloot, 1913 - Dordrecht, 1996) was originally an architect, working at Brinkman and Van der Vlugt architects in Rotterdam, among others. Through his work he received various commissions for monumental mosaics, reliefs and murals. Especially from the 40 years on, he painted many still lifes in his spare time, in which the admiration for the cubists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque clearly resounds. Among other things, he commissioned the mosaic with stylized fish in the swimming pool of the SS Rotterdam.

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