( Nicolaas )
(b Papendrecht, May 3, 1928).
Dutch sculptor, collagist and draughtsman. From 1948 to 1949 he studied architecture at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft. During this period, he saw in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam the exhibition 13 beeldhouwers uit Parijs, with work from Hans Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Julio Gonzalez, Henri Laurens and Jacques Lipchitz. Influenced by these artists as well as by Picasso, Visser made welded constructions in iron, usually representing plants and small animals such as Dying Horse (h. 1.5 m, 1949; Otterlo, Kröller-Müller). With a recommendation from the architect Gerrit Rietveld, he started training between 1949 and 1951 at the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. In 1951 he travelled to London and Paris where he visited Brancusi and Giacometti in their ateliers.
In the mid-1950s Visser explored the concepts of the work of De Stijl artists. He applied their principles of composition but at the same time sought more dynamic expression. During his travel in ...