Today’s Discovery is this intriguing Art Deco Faun’s Head by Hildo Krop. Hildo Krop was a Dutch sculptor and furniture designer, also known as the city sculptor of Amsterdam. He made various works for buildings by important architects within the Amsterdam School such as H.P. Berlage and Michel de Klerck and had strong connections with the social movement, which influenced his work. Apart from sculptures, Krop also made tapestries, portraits and theatre masks.
A vast amount of his oeuvre exists of fauns; mythological creatures that are half human, half animal. Within the Amsterdam School, the Faun symbolised freedom and universality and can be found on many bridges and buildings designed by followers of the movement. For example, this impressive sculpture by Krop is situated at the bridge crossing of the Keizersgracht near the Westermarkt.
Hildo Krop, Faun's head with crows, 1924, granite, Amsterdam
In his early career Krop worked for ESKAF, the First Art and Ceramics Factory of Steenwijk. Here, Krop experimented for the first time with glazed ceramics. Faun’s head, made in 1924, was one of these experiments. Characteristic for the Amsterdam School, the forms are organic yet powerful.
This early and unique piece in Krop’s oeuvre is available at VanGoghle member Proportio Divina. For more information, click here.