Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation

Gallery

There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels


'Forestworkers', 1987
Oil on canvas, 48 x 58 cm,
Signed: lower right 'marcus délanjo 1987'
and 'Dankzij God'
Marcus Délanjo (1943-2009)

Hidden in the landscape of eastern Groningen, between meadows and corn fields, lies the small paradise of Marcus Délanjo and his wife Marijke. What was once a poor farm with side walls of barely a meter high, is now a comfortable home, where peace and harmony are felt. In the garden around geese and chickens roam freely, as well as a cat and a dog. Marcus Délanjo, pseudonym of Peter Paul Hubert Seidel, painted them all.

That the artist is a deeply religious man, is evident from the modest 'Thanks to God', which he puts under his signature. Purely on intuition we bought this work in 2008, fascinated as we were (and are) by the special atmosphere that the authentic style and the mysterious colours evoke. The painting itself awakes homesickness: busy lumberjacks, far away from the hellish noise of 'murderous' saws. Time seems to have stopped.

Who is this artist, who seems to be fascinated by eyes and hands? In the summer of 2010 we call to make an appointment in order to meet the painter, because he must be an interesting man. Unfortunately his wife says that he passed away. She invites us nonetheless and takes us to the studio in the garden. As in the living room numerous poignant paintings hang out here, such as 'Revolt of the animals' (against factory farming) and '9/11' (against tyranny and hubris). Colourful works with an insistent message, from which strength and emotions emit sparks. Délanjo also painted many charming scenes, such as the biblical paradise and a child with a tin music box. There is also an unfinished work with only three geese on the left. "Paul was always working from top left to bottom right," says Marijke. It was hard to say goodbye.

The painter, who was born in Assen, has not followed an official art education, but developed his own style, which is a mix of fantasy and reality. In the Netherlands, he had numerous solo exhibitions. "Outside the Netherlands, his work is presented and sold in museums and galleries in Bologna, London, Michigan, New York, San Francisco and Texas", writes Dr Greet Hamming of the Art Trade Harms in Rolde in her notes to the exhibition 'Revealing inner realism of Marcus Délanjo' in 2006.