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.

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

'Siesta', ca. 1973
Watercolour on paper, 40 x 50 cm,
Signed: lower left 'freek v/d berg'
Freek van den Berg (1918-2000)

The paintings of the Amsterdam born and raised Freek van den Berg are determined by the use of bright colors and strong brushwork. Artists such as Kees van Dongen and Kees Maks opened his eyes to a color-oriented, spontaneous perception of reality and made him realize that he is a 'born fauvist'. Fauvism, after all, is figurative art with less strict rules of perspective and color, which radiates an optimistic, vital world. To his own surprise Freek discovers, that the colours on his palette are outside not alike inside and that light activates colours.

The work of Freek van den Berg consists mainly of landscapes, portraits and female figures. Women are often composed by him in such a way that their beauty and attractiveness are strongly emphasized, whereby a dose of (un)veiled eroticism ensures extra tension. Exactly that happens on this breathtaking watercolour!

On his 17th Freek leaves home to become an artist, although that is a thorn in his father's side. Freek is a self-taught man. He meets artists such as Frits Giltay and Han van Dam and learns from their instructions. "I had lessons from a thousand artists", he says in an interview in 1997. "By looking at them, being in contact with them. I always asked whether I could show them my work. If they said: You did well, I said: No, what's wrong with it? That’s what I like to hear." At the age of 20 he joins the 'independents'. To earn his living, he writes art reviews for newspapers as Het Vrije Volk, Het Parool and Vrij Nederland. He also paints theater sets for Opera Forum and lays down exuberantly the world of theater in themes such as 'Revue ladies of My Fair Lady'. Travels to France and Spain give new southern light on his colour perception, we read in "Freek van den Berg, the liberation of colour' from 2001.

In 1985 he moves to the village Veessen near the IJssel river. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the monograph 'Freek van den Berg, a live with color’ appears, a title that fully covers his artistry.