There are several groups of statues in terracotta in white and brown shades which refer to Queen Elisabeth's last residence, the Stuyvenbergh castle. It is a homage to the queen's love of art but also to the royal family. The artist, who normally works from living models, based the 25 statues on photographic material. They were partly coloured with engobes and partly enamelled. The artist represents Queen Elisabeth in different periods of her life, with her children and grandchildren, and other people who were close to her, such as Albert Einstein, Emile Verhaeren and Jules Bordet.
Yves Bosquet also created the monumental concrete elements which represent the queen's lodge in the Conservatory of Music, the entrance of the Brussels Royal Palace and the Laeken Royal Palace.
Yves Bosquet (Uccle, 1939)
Yves Bosquet studied ceramic arts at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et des Arts Visuels de la Cambre. He has a keen sense of observation and an intense attention for the outside world, which he employs to create portraits that are an amazing likeness. He also pays particular attention to the faithful reproduction of the face whilst adding a romantic touch, full of tenderness, innocence and serenity for his representations of children. In his works the artist disappears and the model comes to the fore. The humility of the artist is present in all the models. The model itself is in the foreground, with all its details. The whole range of human emotions is tackled and represented with great tenderness. In 1992 Yves Bosquet discovered the possibilities of wood as an art material. It was also wood which made him understand that working on a large scale was his way of making an impression.