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Somewhere between the Haarlemmerplein and the Westerpark, you will find Johan Polet's 1931 statue of dutch socialist-anarchist Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis. The final version is his third attempt, after a first version that portrayed mythical figure Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the people. The second version portrayed Domela Nieuwenhuis and Prometheus together. In the third and final version, Prometheus moved to the base of the sculpture. Domela Nieuwenhuis his brother wasn't particularly impressed with the statue. This kind of pose was highly unlikely for Ferdinand, and he never wore a jacket like that! Later on, sculptor Polet lost most of his appreciation and goodwill after he joined the kultuurkamer during WW II, as required by the german occupiers for artists who wanted to continue to work.

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