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.

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

'Flapping laundry near Nieuwkoop', ca. 1947,
Watercolour on paper, 34 x 50 cm,
Signed: lower left 'a.j.zwart'
Arie Zwart (1902-1981)

Adrianus Johannes (Arie) Zwart leads over forty years a nomadic life. In 1933 he buys an old moving van, which is converted to a caravan: 'The Planeta'. He hires a driver with horses, that brings him and his wife Lenie Sangster and two children to Lage Mierde in Brabant. The plan to travel through France fails, because he cannot pay the required import duties on his moveable property and he cannot provide a notarized proof of financial independence. 'The Planeta' eventually moves to Zaltbommel. Meanwhile, he paints and draws what he sees, including many landscapes. When his third child is born the caravan becomes too small. Because of the legacy of aunt Neeltje he is able to let build a houseboat and from 1936 the family travels through the Dutch waters: from Gorinchem to Giethoorn and from Alkmaar to Nieuwkoop. Sometimes 'The Trekschuit' is anchored somewhere for a longer time and then exhibitions are held on the boat.

The 11-year old boy, born in Rijswijk, wins on a home crafts exhibition a box of paint stuff. The prize includes a weekly visit to the painter Otto Kriens. Soon appears that the boy has talent. However, Arie is expected to work in his father's business (originally a bakery and later a vegetable shop). They agree that Arie at 4 o'clock in the morning helps with the purchase of fruits and vegetables at the auction and that he during the day can study at the Academy of Art in The Hague. He comes into contact with art trade Gebr. Koch, that sells the work of the young painter well. Here Arie meets other artists, such as Louis Soonius, Wim Soer and Louis Meijs.

During WWII the houseboat is docked in the Balkengat in Meppel, later in Voorburg and after 1962 in Woerden. In the fifties the painter makes long trips to Belgium, Southern France, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia, where his work gets a boost from the southern light. In 1974 the roaming ends as Arie and Lenie move to the Rosa Spier House in Laren. Here Arie continues to paint until he dies in 1981. In 2004, the monograph 'Arie Zwart, a wandering existence' appears and shows a colourful picture of an outdoorsman and self-willed artist, who has never joined an artists' association.