Untitled (1956) Louis van Roode
In the hall of the Olveh flat at Joost Banckertsplaats, there is a mural by Louis van Roode. In this painting, which he himself applied in the entrance in 1956, he used 'primitive' African motifs. He gained inspiration for this from a study trip to the Sahara in 1951. The work is mounted on a curved wall with a length of almost 12 meters. Van Roode mainly used the colors blue, red, yellow and black. We see abstract figures of a man, woman and child, as well as a flying bird. The work was restored in 2015.
During the Reconstruction period, the Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) often worked on commission for the new architecture. He made many murals and mosaics, which adorned modern architecture, but which also told their own story about nature, culture, man and the cosmos. Major works by his hand have been preserved in Rotterdam, but also in Vlissingen, Eindhoven and The Hague. He can rightly be called one of the greatest wall artists of his time.
Joost Banckertsplaats 64, 3012 HC Rotterdam, Netherlands