177. Pieter Starreveld
(Koog aan de Zaan 1911 – Amersfoort 1989)
Jumping Foal (1959)
Edition of 5
Bronze on natural stone pedestal, H. 151.2 cm
Starreveld was a student from 1929 to 1932 at the Institute for Applied Arts Education in Amsterdam. He continued his education at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, as a pupil of the influential sculptor Jan Bronner (1881-1972). Starreveld made his first sculptures and waist direct (the working of materials without using a model or design). In the nineteen fifties he attended classes with Gijs Jacobs van den Hof (1889-1965), a sculptor with an outspoken love for the material. During this period Starreveld developed his intention to keep the entire production process of the sculpture in his own hands. subsequently he cast his bronzes himself in his studio using the cire perdue method. Starreveld, well-known for his sculptures of horses, was one of the few sculptors where craftmanship became an extension of the creative.