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

'Bird' (Bittern), 1981,
Bronze (single copy), height 34 cm (incl. marbleblock)
Signed: 'b.van beek' + ' roerdomp'
(on label on marbleblock)'
Bep van Beek (...)

Actually we should start a call up. The bird (a bittern) is so powerful in its presence that in the course of time the maker's name has been moved to the background. For more than 30 years our guests have admired this gold-glossy, streamlined steering bittern in our house. It has been caressed by many hands and rubbed off with a woolen cloth every week. It has always maintained its permanent place on the desk. Only when moving we notice its massive weight. If asked for the creator's name, we need to take a look at the label on the marble block. Unfortunately we do not know about him or her more than that.

To this unique bronze statue is worked long with patience and great craftsmanship, that's for sure. First of all Van Beek makes a statue of modelling clay or wax. Subsequently a mold is made in several steps with one or more pouring channels. The more than 1100 degrees heated liquid bronze - an alloy of copper and tin (usually in the ratio of 90/10) – is poured into it.

Then, however, the process is not over yet. We vaguely remind us that the artist has been working on the finish for another year. After removing the refractory sheath, he/she had to carefully hammer away, polish and sand down all the the unevennesses of the pouring and ventilation channels. In order to get the intended smooth surface, he/she has polished the statue. Finally with chemicals and a burner colour can be given to the bronze (the so-called patin). The many hours of work are hard to express in money, we think.

Of course we tried to find out who is the creator of this artwork, that we bought in 1981 (for 3000 guilders) at an exhibition, probably in Arnhem. Harrie Lenferink from Tubbergen (see number 80) sends an e-mail as he remembers him, as a teacher of the School for Creative Hands at Hengelo, his female student Bep van Beek and even her 'Bittern' very well. He lets us know that she was born in the twenties of the last century and is a doctor. She was part of a group of artists including Martin Stolk, Ruud Kallenbach and Anton ter Braak. Meanwhile, we enjoy daily the beauty of our sculpture.