The man with the hat in Knokke
In the coastal city of Knokke, you can find this remarkable piece of art by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon (1934 – 2005).
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The small statue is called La Mer, ce grand sculpteur or 'The Sea, the Great Sculptor. It proposes a man with a hat, sitting on the beach. The use of a hat is typical for Folon's work. Folon was inspired by the work of René Magritte. 'The man with the hat'. However, the character also looks a lot like 'Inspector Maigret' from the books of writer Georges Simenon.
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The name of the work is inspired by the art essay of 'Marguerite Yourcenar', ''The Time, the Great Sculptor'. The location of the statue on a breakwater makes the character go underwater twice a day, resembling a drowning man. You can find the sculpture on the beach in Knokke.