For ages the Rhine was the most important access to the Netherlands and this makes it one of the most particular routes to explore our country, al long time of history and culture. Starting point of this prestigious route is the "brick-worker", a sculpture of Marga Brey which stands on the dike close to the frontier.
In more than one respect the sculpture forms a characteristic introduction to the Dutch cultural climate. It is sturdy, man-sized with full rather abstract forms . With this it tells something about the Dutch landscape and the people who inhabit it , but also about the style of the artist and the way in which she imagines herself subject and spot. Marga Brey's art lends itself particularly to putting in public places.
She is capable of laying down abstract ideas in figures comprehensible for everybody. Her bronzes almost naturally join their surroundings. Some other striking examples are "The Patroness" put near the ferry in Dieren under the authority of the Watermanagement Rhine and Ijssel and the warm-hearted "Encounter" in front of the town-hall of the Brabant Heeswijk-Dinther. Altogether she made some twenty sculptures for public institutions all over the country. In this field she is a leading and much sought-after artist.
Marga Brey's work also shows up well in more small-scale domestic surroundings. With the same marks of style -round shapes which convert to or contrast with sharp angles—she manages to create an intimate atmosphere which matches with house and garden. She fits in a tradition that begins with Henry Moore but unlike Mooore her figures always remain recognizable as man or animal. She does not work according to ready-made plans but has in mind a certain feeling or theme that when working finds its definite form and meaning.
Marga Brey exposed many dozens of times at home and abroad in galleries , statue-gardens and public places Her work is in great demand and in spite of her ripe age she shows a remarkable production and urge of innovation. So some years ago she started painting her sculptures in colourful lines and experimenting with fotography. As visitor and collector you never get tired of her work.
Drs Olav Reijers.
Historian of art and managing director
of the Drent Platform and the
inheritance "house of Drenthe".