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.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Portrait of servantgirl', 1903
Oil on canvas on panel, 59,5 x 49,5 cm
Signed: lower right 'a.v.houten 1903'
Alida van Houten (1868-1960)

Alida van Houten comes from an artistic, Groningen family. Her aunt Sientje (who married the sea painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag), her nieces Anna and Barbara and her brother Gerrit are all professional artists and her father Hindrik, timber merchant at the Damsterdiep, is an amateur draftsman. Brother Gerrit was only an active artist for ten years, because a mental illness prevented him from painting. In his memory the Gerrit van Houten Foundation was founded, which exhibits works of art by him in the Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren and, among other things, also awards the Gerrit van Houten Prize (of 5000 euro) to a talented artist every five years. Niece Barbara moves to The Hague at the age of 7, where her father Samuel van Houten (1837-1930) becomes a member of parliament and later a minister. Alida is part of a close family, of which four of the six children - although with interruptions - live in their family house until their death.

After primary school and the 5-year high school for girls, in which Alida excels in drawing, she goes to the Academy Minerva at the age of 17. The death of her father and the problems with her brother Gerrit force her to learn a profession and she picks up her piano lessons again. In 1988 she passes the piano exam of the Dutch show artists' association and in the following years she teaches different pupils.

When she becomes problems with her health, she starts more drawing for relaxation and visits the lessons at the Minerva Academy in the morning at the age of 28. She gets lessons from F.G.W. Oldewelt and D. de Vries Lam and completes the education in 1904. At the centenary of the academy in 1897 Alida receives the silver medal in the ladies class. Art historian Hanna Klarenbeek writes in her dissertation about women in the visual arts between 1808 and 1913, that the Groningen academy has educated only a few famous female artists, including Alida van Houten.

The artist paints portraits, landscapes and still lifes in oil paint and becomes a member of the Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura in Groningen and of the Amsterdam associations Arti et Amicitiae and Sint Lucas. She exhibits successfully in 1908 at the firm Scholtens, in 1909 in the Larense Kunsthandel in Amsterdam and in the Pulchri Studio in The Hague. In 1911 she exhibits together with Hart Nibbrig in the large hall of the Groninger Museum. That is a very great success: almost all works are sold. However, she is again inhibited by her weak health. It was not until 1952 (at the age of 85) that the monograph about her came out, written by Ir. G. Knuttel.

This oil painted portrait in original frame shows a young maid who looks expectantly at life. It is an early, moving work that beautifully reflects the atmosphere of a bygone era.