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Chris van der Hoef

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameChristiaan Johannes "Chris"•van der Hoef
Used nameChris•van der Hoef
Born11 October 1875 in Amsterdam (NED)
Died5 March 1933 in Den Haag (The Hague) (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Dutch artist Chris van der Hoef was quite versatile, working at various times as a designer, etcher, lithographer, ceramist, decorative artist, medalist, and sculptor. He developed his own style of the Dutch version of Art Nouveau and gave it more of an English than a French or German view, which was referred to the art direction De Stijl. He was trained in a stonemason company and at an evening school for artisans in Amsterdam. He then worked as a designer for several pottery manufacturers and for a company for home furnishings. As a sculptor he mostly created animal figures in matte white pottery. Van der Hoef also designed functional objects like tableware and gave the scenery and sets a number. From 1912, as a medalist he created several medals in a two-dimensional way approached to three-dimensional sculptures. From 1923 onwards he designed objects for everyday use made of metal and ceramics. In addition, he also created numerous small sculptures. He was a member of numerous artist associations. His brother was the graphic artist and painter Gerrit van der Hoef (1879 1954).

Van der Hoef created the diploma and the front page of the daily program booklet for the 1928 Amsterdam Games, earning a silver medal for his entry of an Olympic medal draft in the Art Competitions in the category Sculpturing, Medals and Reliefs. Of the seven medals submitted, two are shown in the catalog. The medal awarded with the silver medal is originally a design for the winner’s medal. It shows the Olympic fire on the marathon tower on the front and a stylized palm branch between ornaments on the back. The bronze cast medal has a diameter of 83 mm. The second medal was created on the occasion of the First Air Mail Flight to the Dutch East Indies in 1927. The medal with a flying dove above the clouds is a bronze casting with a diameter of 116 mm. He also participated with three medals at the Arts Competitions in 1932 in Los Angeles. Other medals that may have been entered include the National preparation for the Olympic Games from 1927, Dutch Aircraft Factory Fokker from 1929, First passenger flight to the Dutch East Indies from 1927 and Royal Airways opened the weekly Air service to the Dutch East Indies from 1931.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions NED Chris van der Hoef
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) 2 Silver
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions NED Chris van der Hoef
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC