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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.

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

'Industry at Liége', 1929
Oil on canvas, 35 x 75 cm,
Signed: lower right 'ar.jamar 1929'
Armand Jamar (1870-1946)

Smog hangs over Liège. Iron ore and coal from the nearby mines are processed in huge factory complexes. From the red-hot fires dark smother smoke up and also the numerous far into the sky piercing chimney stacks spew their filthy soot fumes over the Belgian city. The in Liège born artist Armand Jamar has often painted the gloomy industrial activity as there was no regard for the environment and health yet. A special impression of an era!

Jamar graduates in 1889 as a Master of Laws and becomes a candidate notary. His heart, however, lies elsewhere and after seven years he gives up his job and enrolls at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in his hometown. He appears very talented: quite quickly the young artist participates in exhibitions in Liège, Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Paris. He also makes numerous - working - trips to countries such as France, Netherlands, Italy (Venice), Spain and later to England, North Africa and the USA (New York). In 1900 Jamar gains access to the 'Salon des Artistes Français' in Paris, where he is awarded with the important Medaille d'Or in 1907. In 1921 he receives a royal decoration and becomes Chevalier de l'Ordre de Léopold.

As he is an erudite person Jamar has great interest in literature and music. He is a member of the Cercle Artistique et Littéraire in Brussels, an association founded in 1843 which organizes concerts, lectures and exhibitions for member artists. In 1921 he has an exhibition. At the end of his career the artist takes inspiration from various literary works, such as the legend of Tijl Uilenspiegel.

We know many of his genres, such as the Flemish impressionism with factory complexes or port activities, painted in almost terrifying blacks and browns, like this work from 1929. In addition, he makes still lifes, interiors and Mediterranean landscapes in much lighter colours and he also ventures to non-figurative works. In the seventies of the last century Armand Jamar is honored with a series of retrospectives. There also appears a stamp with his self-portrait in 1974, at the same time with one of James Ensor. His work is included in museums in Antwerp, Boston, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Lille, Rouen, Lille and Santiago di Chile.