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Hans Bayens

Hans Bayens - Beelden aan Zee
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'The sculptor of Dutch literature' Hans Bayens (1924- 2003) has been called. And indeed he immortalised a large number of patriotic authors or characters from their novels, yet this designation does this virtuoso all-rounder credit. After all, apart from being a portraitist, he was also an interpreter of all kinds of scenes from everyday life who even dared to render complicated compositions such as sick call, cafeteria or waiting room in sculptures. Moreover, Bayens was not only a versatile and outstanding sculptor who knew how to bring terracotta, plaster and bronze to life, but also an exceptionally gifted 'impressionist' painter and draughtsman with an extensive repertoire of subjects. With equal ease, he alternated both disciplines.

Well-struck sculptures that tell stories

That Bayens consistently stayed true to figuration will undoubtedly have played tricks on him in terms of recognition, but his enthusiasm and the quality of his work ensured a lasting large audience. His monumental works in public spaces are widely loved and well known. Towns and villages approached him with prestigious commissions for statues of Multatuli, Theo Thijssen and Herman Gorter. He adorned many a square or park with such diverse representations as workers on strike, a girl on a pony or a couple making love in bronze. A cameraman in front of the Mediapark in Hilversum? Or a resistance monument in Sliedrecht? Bayens never turned his hand to it. As long as people, human life, were central.

In his sculpture, too, Bayens was an 'impressionist', so to speak, who paid a lot of attention to the lively surface of his sculptures when modelling. Bayens liked to immerse himself in his subjects for long periods of time. By watching and observing, he got to know all their specific characteristics. He almost always made preliminary studies directly in clay or wax. This resulted in well-struck sculptures that, through their characterisation and human expression, convincingly tell their story. Please note: extra charge during the Miró exhibition.


Dates and Times

19 December 3 February 2025
10:00 – 17:00
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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
Museum Beelden aan Zee is open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
€ 0,00 - 17,50
Normal € 17,50
Normal € 15,00

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