|The Rotterdammers tend to give nicknames to sculptures.This statue is named "John Gap||".|
Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967)Russian sculptor, painter and graphic artist, Zadkine settled in Paris in 1910 and became an avant garde artist and a major figure in the Ecole de Paris. Although his sculpture was influenced by both Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) as well as Cubism and its sister movement of modern art, Futurism, his main concern was with dramatically expressive shapes and forms: notably his characteristic use of concave contours and hollows.
His best-known work is his public monument The Destroyed City (1953, Rotterdam city centre), an expressionist statue widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of modern semi-abstract sculpture. Zadkine created this statue in honour of the citizens of Rotterdam, who had seen their city bombed in the first days of May 1940. We see it as a scream to Heaven