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.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh


'View on the beach in Oostduinkerke', 1987
Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm,
Signed: lower right 'a de deken'
Albert de Deken (1915-2003)

Oostduinkerke, an ancient fishing village and now a popular holiday spot, has always attracted many artists. From the flat hinterland you suddenly see the sea 180 degrees wide in front of you. You smell the salty sea breeze, feel the sun on your face and almost taste the fresh fish that is served in the small eateries on the boulevard. This wide panorama creates space in your mind, new ideas welling up. Precisely that feeling has Albert De Deken laid down in this painting in an expressionist way. Great to relive it at home, far inland.

Quite remarkable is the life story of this Belgian painter. Born in the Antwerp suburb Schoten Albert De Deken works initially in the business of his parents (first distillery, later a soap factory), but at a young age he knows he wants to be an artist. He follows courses at the Antwerp Academy (in a class with Vic Gentils and Jack Godderis) and the Institut National Supérieur and later at the Grande Chaumière in Paris.

He also plays soccer at the highest levels since he is 15 years. He is the youngest of five footballing brothers, of whom four, including Albert, reach the first team of Antwerp FC. Therefore people speak about the 'team of De Dekens'. Between 1935 and 1937 he scores 23 goals and also plays in the national team.

The press pays great attention to the phenomenon of a painting footballer, but the sport is not a factor in his painting career, except that he uses the earned premiums to buy paint and canvas and to provide for his living. Only in 1954, when he is appointed professor at the Antwerp Academy, he ends his football career. Until 1980 he remains at the Academy and inter alia teaches Panamarenko and Fred Bervoets.

The palette of Albert De Deken is called spontaneous, fresh, intimate and colourful. 'His most creative period was invariably the holiday month at the seaside. There he found the stunning colours that were his biggest trademark', as the Gazet van Antwerpen wrote on September 7, 2000 on the occasion of the retrospective at Campo gallery and auction house in Antwerp. In 2001 follows an exhibition at the Jacob Smits Museum. Earlier, in 1995, the municipality Schoten publishes a book about him, consisting of 60 hand numbered works and in each copy additionally an original drawing.