This abstract sculptural ensemble comprises a husband and wife accompanied by their three children who are lovingly linked around their parents. Henriette Boutens is a Dutch sculptress, resident in Pamplona since 1970, and who uses a formal language which ranges from realism to abstraction, and which reflects the influences of Degas, Moore, Matisse, Giacometti, Michelangelo and Rodin. She has also shown an interest in other artistic languages, such as engraving, video creation, and drawing. The result is a harmonious and poetic work in which she has constant recourse to figurative art, particularly when portraying the woman, who is embodied in solid materials displaying curved and sensually enveloping forms. The sculpture is in bronze and is dedicated to the family institution. Boutensuses a number of expressionist figures in an endeavour to achieve a formal and expressive balance of the composition between the voluminous and compact figure of the man, the open space which emphasises the woman as the focal point, as she gathers the figures of the children around her. The statue was installed in Pamplona to coincide with the celebration of the General Congress on the Family, held from 29th to 31st May 2002. The unveiling on 31st May was attended by the mayoress of Pamplona, Yolanda Barcina, and the councillor for Social Welfare, Calixto Ayesa, and for Education and Culture, Jesús Laguna. The archbishop of Pamplona, Fernando Sebastian, blessed the monument.
José Javier Azanza
District of San Juan
Monument to the family
Henriette Boutens, 2002
Patinated bronze and stone.
Sculpture: 260 x 50 x 61 cm. Pedestal: 76 x 100 x 95 cm.
Installation (unveiling): 31st May 2002. Corner of the Avenida de Pío XII avenue with the Vuelta del Castillo (green area around the Citadel).