Untitled Ger van Iersel

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About the artwork

For a long time it was unknown who made this work, but the artist's signature is small in the work, namely monumental artist Ger van Iersel. The facade decoration was probably made around 1960. The artist has natural elements, such as a tree, sun and bee, presented as decorative qualities. Similar to garlands, but still giving them a much more autonomous expression. That makes this a special combination between visual expression and applied ornamentation. Later the Calvin School on the Mare 67 in Vreewijk was renovated, expanded with new construction. This façade and sgraffito have been spared and built into a kind of small patio. Through a glass wall it is still clearly visible from the canteen of the school.

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About the artist

Ger van Iersel (Rotterdam, 1922 - 2014) studied at the Rotterdam Art Academy and then sought his job in Rotterdam. There he was active as a sculptor, monumental artist, glass painter, painter, draftsman, wall painter and ceramist. He has many monumental works of art to his name and has worked in various techniques. Much of his work is connected to the reconstruction period, when he worked for the new port city. His work often had a Christian undertone, in keeping with the various assignments he received from churches in and around Rotterdam. He was a student of Louis van Roode and received the Laurenspenning and the Lutherpenning for his work.

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Mare 67, 3075 SB Rotterdam, Netherlands