Untitled (1994) Helena van der Kraan & Axel van der Kraan
On this painting is a laurel branch with the pillars of the Willemsspoor bridge demolished in 1994 in the background. The view of the north bank of the Maas has been worked out with photographic precision, seen from the Maaskade. A number of striking buildings are depicted, such as the White House, the Pencil and part of the Cube Houses. The performance is largely painted in blue and white, with the exception of the green / white bay laurel in the foreground. The laurel branch refers to the Laurierstraat, where this work has been applied. This painting on the Laurierstraat and the painting on the Anjerstraat offer a view of something that has long been a part of history. The ensemble was created by artist duo Helena and Axel van der Kraan.
Helena van der Kraan (Prague, 1940) is a well-known Rotterdam photographer. She first studied in Prague, but fled in 1968 from the former Czechoslovakia to the Netherlands. She is accepted at the post-academic art school Ateliers' 63 in Haarlem. Here she meets her current husband, sculptor and graphic artist Axel van der Kraan. In the years that followed, Van der Kraan started photographing, mainly friends and acquaintances, and everyday objects in and around her house. In her work the emphasis is on shapes, lines and patterns. Helena and Axel have been working together since the 80 years as an artist duo from Rotterdam. In 1989 they received the Hendrik Chabot Prize.
Laurierstraat 2, 3071 VD Rotterdam, Netherlands