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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

'Along the railway embankment', 1980
Watercolour on paper, 30 x 35 cm,
Signed: lower right 'cils hessels 1980'
Cécile Hessels (1943)

All kinds of childhood memories come up at the sight of this watercolour. As a child the slope of the railway embankment invited in order to roll downwards or to lay a penny on the railroad. Then you lay waiting in the grass till the train past. You could feel the vibration of the ground through your whole body, while the wind whizzed along your ears. Then you were going to see how beautifully flat and therefore obviously worthless that coin looked.

This watercolour by Cécile Hessels with two persons lying in the grass confirms the specialty of the artist, namely the painting of gardens, of green. In the magazine Atelier of May/June 2003 she says: "Gardens contain loose and lively matter (...) Through step by step closing in the light, you can keep the fragility of of the lightest pieces (...) That light/dark effect is much more important than what kind of colours you use. "

Cécile Hessels is born in Rotterdam and visits between 1960 and 1965 the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In 1965 she marries the painter Pat Andrea, works several years as a teacher, but soon she chooses entirely for art. Besides many watercolours she works with charcoal on paper and with oil on canvas.

Gardens in all seasons fascinate her, but she also makes still lifes, winter scenes (skaters, chickens or fires in the snow) and portraits. Mostly she paints naturalistic and recognizable - 'I stick close to reality' - but sometimes with an abstract twist.

She exhibits, often with her husband and others, in The Hague, Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Groningen and Assen. Since 1990 she exhibits at two permanent galleries: Pulchri Studio and Arts Hall Van Heijningen in The Hague. In 1969 she receives the Jacob Maris Youth Prize and in 1970 the Royal Grant for Free Painting Art.

This work originates from the ING collection. It was for sale in 2009 by the museum auction, meaning that Dutch museums and public authorities have shown no interest in it, which is not surprising given the growing financial crisis.