The painter-sculptor Hans Bayens is known to many, especially in Amsterdam where almost everyone knows about his Theo Thijssen at the beginning of the damped Lindengracht and his Titaantjes in the Oosterpark. Bayens is an impressionist, firmly rooted in the traditions of figurative sculpture taught to him at the Antwerp Academy. His apprentice Sam Drukker once remarked how good and loving Bayens could look. 'You have to understand and understand form, light effect, movement and hot and cold (…). Hans Bayens has studied this very much and has come to great heights. 'Bayens also made a name for himself as a painter.