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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

'View on Graafjesbrug near Kortenhoef', ca. 1910,
Oil on panel, 25 x 42 cm,
Signed: lower right 'aris knikker'
Aris Knikker (1887-1962)

Paintings by Aris Knikker are not only signed with his own name, but also with H. Endlich, W. Markenstein and H. Welt(h)er. The why is a complex story about commercial art trade practices.

From an article by Mr J.H.F.M. Heerkens Thijssen in the Art and Antiques Journal of June/July 2005 it appears that the Hague art dealer and painter Henk Welter bought unsigned paintings, both from Aris Knikker as well as from his brother Jan Knikker Sr., his cousin Jan Knikker Jr. and several other artists, such as Arnoud van de Gilst, Jac.L. Jongsma, Cornelis de Bruin and Henk Schallenberg. Welter, along with his brothers Henry and William, provides those works with his own name or H. Endlich (his mother's name) or W. Markenstein (the name of his wife). The source of this information is the grandson of Welter. Paintings with the signatures Endlich, Markenstein and Welt(h)er may therefore have very different creators.

For a work of art without a signature the art dealer pays ten guilders, very attractive to artists who must have food on the table. Depending on the market the art dealer gives them a signature: the names Endlich and Markenstein are doing well on the German market, Welther (with an added 'h') does well in England and America.

Aris Knikker is born in Haarlem, but has spent most of his life in The Hague. After his education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts he starts as a painter at the pottery factory of Rosenburg in Loosduinen. Later he becomes known as a painter and draftsman of lakes and polder landscapes along the lines of J.H. Weissenbruch. 'Many of his paintings are falsified into a work of J.H. Weissenbruch', reported Pieter Scheen in his artists encyclopedia.

The reviews about the work of Aris Knikker are not only favorable. However NRC exults on September 17, 1927: 'No one should carelessly walk along the work of Aris Knikker. The tone, the harmony, the beautiful coloring of "The old bridge" are admirable.' The newspaper 'Het Vaderland' writes on July 19, 1933 more nuanced: 'One gets the strong impression that Knikker has worked specifically for the market; a study of a barnyard with chickens shows that he can paint different and better.'

Indeed, in addition to serial paintings (to make a living) Aris has created finer paintings, on which he has put his own name, like this atmospheric, misty polder view.