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.

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


'The embrace',
Gouache on paper, 50 x 65 cm,
Signed: below left 'martineau'
Anton Martineau (1926-2017)

The embrace on this painting is not a friendly hello between friends or neighbors, but an impetuously, erotic entanglement. Antoon Pieter Johan ('Anton') Martineau has made many paintings on this theme and during the time of the 'sexual revolution' (the sixties of the twentieth century) he has great success with it. Later there are periods in which he sells little. "Jan Sierhuis once said to me that I would sell a lot more when I omit all those cocks and pussies, but the most moving image of the human being is for me the naked person."

In 2007 he says about this in 'Painting is my oxygen', a film documentary about the passion of the artists Corneille, Martineau and Sierhuis: "I keep going, even when I have to paint with shoe polish and toothpaste."

And to the 'IJopener', local newspaper in the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam, where he lives for more than forty years, Martineau tells in 2010: "I paint the delightful, the dissolute, the liberating, all forms and emotions."

Martineau certainly has no lack of interest. He is described in the artists' encyclopedias and receives a lot of publicity. A monograph appears 'Martineau lover of two muses' (2004) and he exhibits a lot. He is also a member of artists' organizations, a teacher in art education and he receives various prizes. He also writes poems and in 2008 he designs, in commission, the monumental statue (in iron pipes and sheet steel) 'Head with four noses', which is located in the Bijlmermeer.

At a young age he learns house and decoration painting from his father, follows then the photography education at the Academy in The Hague and studies art for a year at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, but he calls himself always self-taught. Martineau regularly travels to Paris and stays with Lucebert, among others. His father does not like it at all that he definitely chooses artistry ('artists are pigs'), but his mother encourages him.

He paints, watercolours, draws, etches, lithographs and makes collages, often socially critical and erotic subjects, but also female figures and portraits. His style is called expressionistic, later new figurative. From 1948 he exhibits a lot in his own country, but also in Florence, Paris, Barcelona and New York. In 2012 there is a special exhibition in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam under the title: 'O la la Martineau, women seen through the brush hairs of Martineau, 60 years of painting lust'. Hedy d'Ancona opens it festively in the presence of, among others, Aat Veldhoen, Jan Sierhuis and Martineau's partner, the artist Eleanora Stol.