Carel Visser

Dutch, 1928 - 2015

Carel Visser (1928-2015) was a visionary post-war Dutch sculptor. His expressive sculptures, drawings, collages, and images testify to the different artistic paths he explored. His earliest sculptures depicted abstract human and animal figures, such as the disturbing sculpture Dying horse. From the 1950s on, he created austere geometric sculptures made of iron, to which he applied the principles of symmetry, rotation, and repetition. This phase was followed by more imaginative sculptures that incorporated combinations of discarded and natural materials. Visser's primary focus was on texture, colour, and atmosphere.

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Ruggegraat in Kooi, 1953

Ruggegraat in Kooi, 1953

wood, rope
32,5 x 95 x 27 cm

Artworks

untitled (ruggegraat), ca. 1953

untitled (ruggegraat), ca. 1953

Untitled (ruggegraat), ca. 1953
iron and bluestone
14 x 59,5 x 28 cm
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Dubbelvorm 1, 1957

Dubbelvorm 1, 1957

welded oxidized iron
157 x 99.7 x 88.9 cm

Provenance:
The Collection of David E. Bright and Dolly Bright, Los Angeles (acquired directly from the artist in 1968)

Literature:
Blotkamp, C, Carel Visser. Genesis, Exhibition Catalogue, Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers, 2019, ill. no. 65 ill. p. 93
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Ruggegraat in Kooi, 1953

Ruggegraat in Kooi, 1953

wood, rope
32,5 x 95 x 27 cm
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Gripping, 1972

Gripping, 1972

iron
140 x 80 x 20 cm
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