Local Heart, Global Soul

June 5, 2016

I Want To Fill That Pouch With Fish !

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is no denying that there is a lot of variety in the Rijksmuseum.

In one area kind-of between the galleries stands a statue. It immediately grabs my attention for it’s composition, it’s simplicity, and the scene that it reflects.

The piece is called:  “Two Mothers” Terracotta 1893 by Frans Stracké (1829-1898)
This sweet scene reflects an increasing interest in the lives of fishermen.

The statue shows a young woman holding her child, with her dog’s puppies gathered in her apron. Yet life is not a bed of roses for this barefoot fisherman’s wife. She has only two fish in her pouch, and the net that she drags behind her is empty

From Wikipedia I learn: “Francis Xavier ” French or Franz” Stracké sr ( born Dorsten, May 5, 1820 – Baarn , died March 26 1898) was a Dutch sculptor of German origin . The son of John Ignatius Stracké , a German painter and sculptor who settled in Arnhem.

He had two older brothers who were also sculptors. French Stracké took lessons in sculpture of his father, when they still had their studio in Berlin and once in Arnhem he became especially associated religious images . From 1852 to 1870 he was  sculpting teacher at the Arnhem Teeken- and Architectural Society practice of art .

The illustrator Alexander Ver Huell ordered him a commission to sculpt the family mausoleum and through this same benefactor Stracké was appointed professor in 1868 at the Amsterdam State Academy of Fine Arts where he remained until 1889 .  He should not be confused with his son Frans jr. And French ( Francis Leonard ) Stracké , the son of his brother Jean Theodore Stracké .
I ended up taking a lot of photographs because the way the light fell on the piece, the depiction of the fabric, the expression on the lady’s face, the texture of the fishing net, it all fascinated me.  A little reading up on the piece tells me that the hole in the back of her scarf is one of the vent holes necessary for the baking of the clay.

I’m also adding it to my reference file for drawing, maybe, one day in the future. This statue provokes feelings too, I have read about the harsh life poor fisherfolk like her had, I felt like I wanted to give her shoes, a warm coat, something for her baby … but, most of all I wanted to help make her day a better one and fill her pouch to overflowing with fish.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

Wikipedia: Frans Stracké  (Dutch language only)

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