De wonderbare visvangst
Havenkade, 2586 Den Haag
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And he [Jesus Christ] said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. So they cast it, and could not draw it any more because of the multitude of fish. [John 21:6]. Sybilla Krosch depicted this biblical miracle in her sculpture 'The Miraculous Catch of Fish'. The fisherman looks in amazement at the fish springing up from the water. He only has to hold the net open to catch them. Krosch made the bronze sculpture in commission of the municipality of The Hague. It was intended for a Scheveningen location, so the choice of theme is very appropriate. Faith and fishing are strongly intertwined in Scheveningen. In 1981, the sculpture was placed in the park between the Havenkade and the Badhuiskade. This makes 'The Miraculous Catch of Fish' the only outdoor sculpture by the artist from The Hague in her home town.
As a sculptor Krosch is a late bloomer. She came from her native Germany to the Netherlands in 1947. Stimulated by renowned sculptor Albert Termote (1887-1978), she began her sculpture studies at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 1956 - she was then 32 years old. Four years later she graduated. It was difficult at first, but she went on the road with a suitcase full of her own work.
The municipality of Haarlemmermeer gave her carte blanche to design a sculpture for the new village of Rijsenhout. She also made numerous portrait heads, including those of important people such as Willem Drees. Until 1970, she worked in a naturalistic style. In the spring, when for the first time in a long time I had no commission,' Krosch says in Het Vaderland of 30 January 1971, 'I went my own way and let myself go completely. Abstract images emerged. But Krosch did not give up figuration. That is proven by 'The Miraculous Catch'.