Bust Thomas Goossens (1956, bronze)
Historian and priest Thomas Goossens (1882–1970) was a founder of the Rooms Katholieke Handelshoogeschool and from 1927–1930 first Rector Magnificus of what would later be called Tilburg University.
Goossens made his most important contribution to the intellectual and cultural emancipation of Catholics in the first half of the 20th century as an administrator. He has been described as sober, tenacious, and practical in nature, but also as "difficult to approach," "inaccessible," and "stingy. He makes his contribution to the steady growth and expansion of the early academic institution, still in a completely provincial perspective at that time.
In 1956, an expressionist bust of him was made by the Belgian sculptor Albert Termote (1887–1978). He moved to the Netherlands in 1922, to Voorburg where he would remain for the rest of his life. He became a member of Pulchri Studio in The Hague. Because of Pulchri Studio's many exhibitions, he gained national fame. He received many commissions including several portrait busts of professors. He also made bronze equestrian statues commemorative monuments, but the bulk of his oeuvre consists of religious art. His work can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, the sculpture park of the Kröller-Müller Museum and the Voorburg Museum Swaensteyn, among others.
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