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.

73. Joseph Mous
74. Jacques Mels
75. P.N. van de Wall Perné
76. Liesbeth Rahder
77. Willy Sluiter
78. Fred Sieger
79. Ciano Siewert
80. Harrie Lenferink
81. F.A. van Oostveen
82. Willy Fleur
83. Anton Heyboer
84. Bart de Graaf

'Maria', 1944,
Oil on panel, 45 x 37 cm,
Signed: 'epi van de velde-van brussel '44'
Epi van de Velde-van Brussel (1890-1973)

As soon as we see this oil painting, we think at Henri van de Velde, because of technique and composition. It appears, therefore, made by Eremina (Epi) van Brussel, who was married to Van de Velde from 1923 to 1935. During their honeymoon to Italy both fall under the spell of classical painting methods. Epi accompanies her husband also in later years, as he examines the ancient painting techniques extensively in Italy. Logical that her way of painting is thereby affected.

About the painter is not much known. The Pieter Scheen artists encyclopedia mentions that she lives until 1935 in Laren (NH) and from 1935 to 1950 in Blaricum. She would have left for Munich on May 19, 1950. That's the last thing listed and also at the National Art Documentary Institute (RKD) the track stops. The in Canada living son of Henri van de Velde and his second wife Lotte know that Epi has left for Italy in 1950 (perhaps via Munich) and went to the village of Tirolo (in the Italian Tyrol). She moves into an old tower surrounded by a lovely garden and there she really feels at home. After the death of the owner the tower is pulled down, however. Epi then rents a house in the nearby Merano, where she dies in 1973.

Epi van de Velde gets her education at the School of Applied Art in Amsterdam and works here later as a teacher. In 1927 she has her first exhibition at Van Lier in Laren. She paints mainly flowers, still lifes, nudes and portraits, which she inter alia exhibits at Hamdorff in Laren and Van Lier in Amsterdam. In 1930 she joins the Gooi Art Society together with, for example, Henri van de Velde (who is here called ('Han'), Kees van Urk, Lou Loeber and Herman Kruyder. After the divorce she gets the farm 't Hilder at the Kerklaan in Blaricum, which she let renovate by W.C. Hamdorff senior in 1941 and creates there an exhibition hall 'Onder 't Hilder'. Hugo Berten, Han Hulsbergen, Jan Poortenaar and Pauline Zwaal have exhibited here among others.

Pieter Scheen calls her a good colorist, which is fully justified in our opinion!