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Nic Jonk - Heracles met hydra

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Bronze - Signed - unica - 1970

Artist: Nic Jonk
Title of artwork: Heracles met hydra
Technique: Bronze
Signature: Signed
Year: 1970
Period: 1970-1979
Edition: unica
Condition: Good
Sold with frame: No

NIC Jonk also called this image ''Victory''. ‘Heracles met hydra’ is derived from Greek mythology. From the wounds that Heracles inflicts on the giant water snake (hydra) new heads emerge again and again, which he burns off with a torch. The story symbolises the life of Nic Jonk, who after every victory in his life takes on a new, almost impossible, challenge. On the age of 18 Nic Jonk was diagnosed with severe juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the profession of sculptor was strongly discouraged by doctors. Yet he became a sculptor with mostly images in public space. In 1983 he overcame major heart surgery. Only he could not win the fight against cancer and died 11 October 1994.

Nic Jonk came from a farming family and entered the advertising industry at the age of 17. In 1947 he attended an evening course at the arts and crafts school in Amsterdam. There Wessel Couzijn was his teacher, who encouraged him to continue. One day a week he continued his training in drawing at the 'Rijksnormaalschool’, also in Amsterdam. In 1949 he was present at the first Sonsbeek exhibition in Sonsbeek, Arnhem. As a result, he decided to focus on sculpture. In 1953 he attended the State Academy of Fine Arts. Three years later he stopped, disappointed in the training and he started for himself. From 1961 to 1962 he teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 's-Hertogenbosch. Then he founded, among other with Wessel Couzijn and Mari Andriessen, the ‘Ateliers '63 for which he also teaches until 1966. In the school year 1974-1975, he also taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In 1965 he settled with his wife and six children in Grootschermer where he founded a sculpture park.

Throughout the Netherlands are, in (semi) public property, some 250 images by him. But also in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States his images can be found. Inspired by predecessors such as Maillol, Renoir, and Bourdelle, female beauty is his model. The work shows respect for life and has unprecedented force, deals with love and fertility, and shows a striking number of female forms.

The museum and sculpture garden Nic Jonk is a family business that has existed for 50 years now without subsidy. Son Zeger and daughter-in-law Annelies continued his life's work after his death in 1994.

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