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.

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

'Circus at Malieveld',
Oil on canvas, 24 x 34 cm,
Signed: lower right 'hordyk'
Gerard Hordijk (1899-1958)

Although he has painted all sorts of subjects, especially his circus art works stand out. Acrobats and jugglers he has immortalized, but also the atmosphere, in which the audience around the track stares their eyes out. And look at this big red tent, eye-catcher at the Hague Malieveld, with the caravans around it. The painting blazes on the wall!

The in The Hague born Gerardus (Gerard) Hordijk is a versatile artist with an exciting life; besides painter, he is active as a wall and decor painter, graphic designer, etcher, lithographer, illustrator and editor of the art magazine Chronicle of Contemporary Art and Culture. Only after his education as a civil engineer at the Technical University in Delft he discovers where his heart lies and he joins the artistic life by attending the study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown. Then he leaves for Paris (1927 to 1935), where he developed his own style, marries the American Margaret Mathews and comes in contact with Piet Mondriaan, whose portrait he paints. Here he changes for practical reasons the ij in his name in an y.

Back in the Netherlands he moves to Amsterdam and gets a lot of orders from companies and the municipality and makes inter alia murals in the theater and the Concertgebouw. Just before the outbreak of the war he takes the boat to New York, where he finds a lot of appreciation for his work and creates inter alia four large murals in the reception building of the United Nations. After his marriage is dissolved in 1947 Hordijk goes back to Amsterdam, his wife and son John leaving behind in the Big Apple.

Besides a lot of exhibitions there are again many and varied orders, such as designing costumes and decors for the Holland Festival and the operas Manon (1949) and Oberon (1950). For Werkspoor he provides the decoration of the luxury train wagons, ordered by the Argentine President Juan Peron and his second wife Evita. He also makes murals for various ministries and the Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.

After his death a number of suitcases with hundreds of paintings and watercolours, as well as correspondence (inter alia with Mondriaan) and other archival material are sent to his son John in the US. Only after John’s death in 2006, the entire legacy comes back in the Netherlands.