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.

37. Johan Kiesewetter
38. Douwe Elias
39. Branko Lavaleije
40. Evert Musch
41. David Oyens
42. Joost Doornik
43. Ferdinand Boersma
44. Kees van Bohemen
45. Hilda Blom
46. Irène Battaille
47. Jan te Wierik
48. Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

'Cold winter morning'
Oil on panel, 37 x 54 cm,
Signed: lower right 'a.bastien'
Alfred Bastien (1873-1955)

If you closely look at this work you get - even if it's the middle of summer - chills, so strikingly painted Alfred Bastien a quiet town on a freezing cold Sunday morning. Chills you also get from other work he made, but because of another reason. Bastien has fixed countless realistic war scenes, sometimes in huge format.

The artist, educated at the academies of Ghent, Brussels and Paris, is commissioned in 1911 to create a panorama of the Congo (then a Belgian colony). The immense canvas (13 meters high, 115 meters wide) is exhibited in the Congolese pavilion at the World Expo in Ghent in 1913. Later it vanishes from the cellars of the Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.

When Brussels in 1914 is occupied by German troops, Bastien flees to England, where more Belgian artists stay. Here the first plans arose to paint a war panorama. In 1915 Alfred Bastien log as a volunteer at the Topographic Service of the Belgian army, but gets injured in the same year. In 1916, he is part of the Section artistique de l'Armée and paints and draws as a 'front painter' horrific war scenes. He exhibits a lot and also gets orders from war museums. In the War Museum in Ottawa (Canada) still hangs work from him.

Based on sketches, drawings and photographs he makes his most famous work, the great panorama of the 'Iron Front' (14 meters high, 115 meters wide), which is exhibited permanently in 1926, in the Panorama building in Oostende. That appears to be a commercial success, partly because of the English 'war tourism'. In 1937 Bastien paints his last great panorama, depicting the Battle at the Meuse in 1914. The canvas (8.50 meters high and 72 meters wide) is suspended in the citadel of Namur, but is during the German occupation in World War II severely damaged.

Alfred Theodore Joseph Bastien is a successful artist, who also painted still lifes, nudes, landscapes and marines. Several of his works have been purchased by Queen Elizabeth. He maintains a good relationship with the Belgian royal family and paints among others - by order - a portrait of King Albert I. From 1952 until his death in 1955 he is director of the Royal Academy in Brussels.