Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


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.

73. Joseph Mous
74. Jacques Mels
75. P.N. van de Wall Perné
76. Liesbeth Rahder
77. Willy Sluiter
78. Fred Sieger
79. Ciano Siewert
80. Harrie Lenferink
81. F.A. van Oostveen
82. Willy Fleur
83. Anton Heyboer
84. Bart de Graaf

'Farms at loose sandy road', ca. 1910,
Black chalk, 25 x 34 cm,
Signed: lower left 'j.a.zandleven'
Jan Adam Zandleven (1868-1923)

In a period of twenty years Jan Adam Zandleven paints and draws some 1,500 artworks. He only begins on his 34th after working as an attorney in the paint factory of his father, and dies early. His father wants him to take over the family business, but Jan Adam chooses for his passion, although he had no education in art. The start was not easy. He works hard, but he and his wife Janke don't exactly make a fortune. In desperation he wrote in 1902 a letter to H. P. Bremmer (1871-1956), himself an artist and also art educator, art trader and Maecenas. Although Bremmer is not very enthusiastic about his work at first, Zandleven yet gets a monthly stipend in exchange for works of art. It clicked wonderfully well between the two men, especially in their spiritual outlook on life.

Bremmer gives his protégé rather compelling directions. So Katjuscha Otte writes in 'John Adam Zandleven 1868-1923' (2012) that he had to study considerably. Zandleven got for that purpose from Bremmer numerous reproductions, a collection of poems by Jan Luyken and a volume of The New Guide. And boxes full of vases, pots and bowls, which the artist uses in still lifes. In exchange for closely following all the instructions, his work gets attention in magazines and Zandleven receives introductions of artists' associations and art dealers. It is interesting how Bremmer financed his activities. Across the Netherlands he had approximately 300 students and protégés, including many wealthy persons like Helene Kröller-Müller. From the one he obtained work and sold it thereafter to the other. Thus, the Kröller-Müller Museum gathered several Zandlevens and also other leading Dutch museums have work of him. Museum Flehite in Amersfoort dedicated from June 2 to August 28, 2012, an impressive retrospective of Zandleven.

To his art works - including this hushed drawing – you can see how the artist likes trees, forests and the countryside. For that reason he lives much of his active life as an artist in Gelderland, inter alia in Gorssel and Rhenen.