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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.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels

'Dutch polderlandscape', ca. 1891
Oil on panel, 24,5 x 33 cm
Signed: below right 'char p gruppe'
Charles Paul Gruppe (1860-1940)

Painter Charles Paul Gruppe is the ancestor of three generations of prominent artists: son Emile and grandson Charles C. follow in his footsteps as a painter. We can say that talent sits in the blood, anyway.

He's American, but remains around 20 years in the Netherlands. After wandering in Munich and Paris Gruppe arrives in the fishing village of Katwijk. He gets personal advices of Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915) during his studies at the Hague Academy and he becomes impressed by the painters of the Hague School like Israel, Breitner and Mauve. And his appreciation for Mesdag is so great that he gives one of his four children - who all become artists - the name of the marine painter.

Gruppe becomes a member of the Hague Pulchri Studio and of Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. He lives and works in The Hague, Dordrecht, Katwijk and Laren, but stays also regularly in his native country to exhibit and to 'network'.

His success is growing. He is honored with gold medals in Paris and Rouen and wins many awards at American exhibitions. The Royal Family, he counts among its regular clientele. In 1913 the Gruppe family finally returns to the United States. Charles Paul, who is known as 'Clever Dutch' among his colleagues, shares till 1929 a studio in Rockport with his son Emile Albert (1896-1978). He calls himself from that moment Gruppé and is a great promoter of Dutch painters in the United States.

The book 'Painters of Laren' (published in 2003) states that Gruppe, in addition to fishing boats and cityscapes, 'paints particularly impressive sceneries: polders full of atmosphere, ditches with willows on both sides and farms nestled in the green'. His works are included in numerous museums in the U.S. and Canada.
We are very happy with this painting, that the spirit of a Dutch wetland aptly displays. By a sticker on the back we know that it was exhibited in the Singer Museum in Laren (NH) from November 1998 until January 1999.