Jean-Michel Folon - De zee, die grote beeldhouwer

Breakwater - Parmentierlaan, Knokke

About the statue:

Folon - De zee, die grote beeldhouwer
Artwork of Folon temporarily removed
 
The bronze artwork by Jean-Michel Folon with the name 'The sea, that great sculptor' has been removed by Art Salvage, which maintains and restores the Knokke-Heist sculpture collection. Due to the effect of sun, sea and sand, the original patina layer on the artwork had taken a hard time. A new patina layer will be applied in the Art Salvage studios.
 
In the spring of 2022, this beautiful work by Jean-Michel Folon, in consultation with the Fondation Folon, will be placed back on the beach head at Parmentierlaan in the borough of Knokke.
 
Folon had a thing for Knokke-Heist. As a child he often spent his holidays in Knokke-Heist. For the statue on the beach head, Folon was inspired by the work of René Magritte. However, the little man in the hat also resembles Inspector Maigret from Georges Simenon's books of the same name. The name of the work is inspired by Marguerite Yourcenar's art essay, 'Time, that great sculptor'.

About the Artist:

Was born in Ukkel and died in Monaco. Besides sculptor, he was also a draughtsman, painter, aquarellist, etcher, lithographer, designer of tapestry and posters, a filmmaker, a maker of cartoons, décor designer for theatres and operas, maker of mosaics and stained-glass windows.

He is one of the people who epitomised Belgian art in the 20iest century.

In 1960, he showed his works to an audience for the first time. France was however not interested. He sent his works to several magazines in America. The New Yorker, Horizon and Esquire published his work without ever meeting Jean-Michel. His work was exhibited on the anniversary of the MoMA in New York and at the Venice Biennale in 1970. These exhibitions were Jean-Michel's debut. He is internationally well-known for his isolated characters that are often staged in absurd situations.  

His main source of inspiration is the insensitive and harsh world, transformed by his poetic gift and his subtle, but sometimes stinging humour. As a child, he spent his holidays in Knokke. He died of leukaemia at age 71 in Monaco.

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1997
2020
Ukkel (Belgium)
1934
Monaco
2005

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