Artwork Data


Vrouw met parasol


Theo van der Nahmer






h. 135 cm

Artwork Location


Schrijnwerkersgaarde, Den Haag

City district


GPS data

52.038128039321, 4.2734463753242 View on map

Artwork Description


Her posture is relaxed. She leans on one hand and holds the parasol gracefully behind her left shoulder. Her slightly indistinct gaze betrays no curiosity or other pronounced emotion. She clearly experiences the spacious park where she has been placed between the low-rise buildings as a pleasant place to stay.

Because Theo van der Nahmer deals boldly with proportions, the emphasis in the sculpture 'Woman with parasol' lies on the posture of the body. The thin hands and feet are reduced in relation to the rest of the body. The thick clothing up to just above the ankles makes the body rather large. Yet despite the heavily accentuated volume, it is not bulky. On the contrary. Grace and undulating shapes make the image joyous.

Woman with parasol' is characteristic for the sculpture of Van der Nahmer. The artist, born in Eindhoven (Stratum), lived and worked in The Hague from 1938. He studied successively at the art academy in Den Bosch and at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In the latter city, he profiled himself especially after the Second World War as a sculptor with a strong preference for an expressionist style. Besides sculptures for public spaces, he also carried out monumental commissions.

Van der Nahmer was repeatedly honoured in the course of his career. He received the Jacob Maris Prize (1954) from The Hague, the Jacob Hartogh Prize (1954) from The Hague artists' association Pulchri Studio and the Madurodam Small Plastic Prize (1963). As a teacher, he was associated with both the Free Academy and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. His trophy cabinet, his work as a teacher and the sculptures that are scattered around the city underline the fact that the artist, who was born in Brabant, ultimately became a true sculptor from The Hague.