Verkade in 2009
12 October 1941
|Died||29 December 2020 (aged 79)|
Korstiaan "Kees" Verkade (12 October 1941 – 29 December 2020) was a Dutch artist and sculptor. He specialized in modeling the human form, with an emphasis on movement and emotion. Most of his sculptures are set in bronze. They depict a variety of people, including children, clowns, athletes, dancers, mothers, and lovers. Verkade also created gouaches and silkscreens to accompany his sculptures.
Kees Verkade was born on 12 October 1941 in Haarlem. He wished to attend the Gerrit Rietveld Academie but was rejected. He took painting lessons with Gerrit van ’t Net from 1958 to 1963, and from Dirk Bus at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. He graduated from the Academy in 1963.
In 1964, he had his first exposition in the Haarlem Vleeshal (the former municipal meat market), now belonging to the Frans Hals Museum. This was a success and the Frans Hals Museum bought two of his sculptures. He specialised in carving and sculpture. In 1966 he sold his first public work Winkelen to the municipality of Haarlem in 1966. His big breakthrough came three years later when American photographer David Douglas Duncan bought several of his bronze statues and showed them to his friends. Verkade then proceeded to become an internationally recognized artist, and many local associations bought his work. His work can be seen in public places around Haarlem and Zandvoort, where he lived and worked.
- H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco (1983) in the Princess Grace Rose Garden, in Fontvieille, Monaco
- Triomf (1995) in Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Malizia (1997) a statue of François Grimaldi in Monaco
- Tightrope Walker (1979), Columbia University, New York City
Triomf (1995), Rotterdam
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- La famille princière de Monaco dévoile une statue du prince Rainier III, Nice Matin, November 18, 2013
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