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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

'Ploughing and sewing', 1944,
Oil on board, 58 x 68 cm,
Signed: upper right 'g.westermann 44' + on bag 'GW'
Gerard Westermann (1880-1971)

What nowadays happens efficiently with advanced machinery behind powerful tractors, was formerly done by human hands, as Gerhardus, Bernardus Josephus (Gerard) Westermann has depicted on this painting. We see top left a farmer who is holding his horse and plow in a straight path, and lower center the sower, who scatters with a firm swing the wheat, barley or oats seed on the land. The latter has the letters 'GW' on his bag, which are the initials of the artist. Since Westermann already placed his whole signature upper right on the painting, he obviously is quite proud of this work. The white horse is the eyecatcher within the dominant earth tones. Quite special and typical for Westermann’s art works are the selected position and the composition. Above the heads of the toiling farmers duo birds feel themselves in a land of plenty, because the worms, that come by the plowing out of the ground, and the just strewn seed promise a rich dis.

Gerard Westermann is born in Leeuwarden and gets his education at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam (1898-1902) led by A. Allebé and J.H. Jurres. Later he himself is for 27 years a teacher at the Academy (1918-1945) and sees many talented students passing by. Immediately after his studies he joins the Society Arti et Amicitiae and the Association of Sint Lucas, both in Amsterdam. Later he joins the Dutch Art Circle and the Society Rembrandt. As many artists Westermann had a wide oeuvre: he paints, makes watercolours and drawings (pastel and pen) cityscapes, landscapes and still lifes, but preferably and 'with great talent' people and horses; he is also an illustrator and he makes murals by order.

From 1908 Gerard Westermann has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and his work is honored many times. He inter alia gets medals at the jubilee exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1923), of Sport in Art, Los Angeles (1932), of Queen Wilhelmina (1934) and Sint Lucas (1940). He receives the Willink van Collen Prize (1926), the Tetar Elven Prize (1934 en1947) and the Arti premium (1937). As a jury member he judges art works at various exhibitions (among others in 1919 and 1923) and he also holds various directorships of artists' associations. An active and successful artist who is deceased in Amsterdam at the age of 90.