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.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

Watercolour on paper, 32 x 49 cm,
Signed: lower right 'g.hendriksen'
Gert Hendriksen (1922-1993)

A typical wide Dutch polder landscape on a drizzling, foggy morning. For the moment the sun does not get a chance to break through the mist and the gray sky promises rain. No mortal to see; even cows, crows, ducks and herons have gone elsewhere. This is not an unknown, silent scene in our country. When you let it sink in on you, it is totally stressless, yes, very restful, with thoughts easily waving away.

Gerardus ('Gert') Hendriksen, born in Utrecht, is, according to the artist's encyclopedia of Pieter Scheen, a pupil of Henk Carlier and Joop Dam. Henk Carlier is an art painter, draftsman and sculptor; he made in 1976 a plaque in bronze ('Liudger and Bernlef') for the facade of the old town hall in Lochem. Joop Dam is an art painter, writer and sculptor who takes watercolour lessons with Kees Verwey around 1940.

Gert Hendriksen, according to 'de Scheen', makes only watercolours of landscapes in an impressionistic style; undoubtedly he has learned from Joop Dam the technical tricks of working with watercolour. Characteristic of the landscapes of Hendriksen, mentions this encyclopedia, are the space and the atmosphere with mostly mist, rain or storm as flavoring ingredients, whether or not upholstered with animals.

The artist lived and worked in Utrecht and thereafter in Vleuten-De Meern, so on the edge of the Dutch green heart. According to information from the RKD, he dies in Brakel (near Zaltbommel) on 9 May 1993, in the middle of the river landscape, which has inspired him for so many years. In 1963 he has a solo exhibition at Arti art trade. A watercolour of his hand has been auctioned at the Derksen auction house in Arnhem in 1990 and thereafter another three in 2012 at the same auction house, but unfortunately there stops our information.

You would expect that more about him can be found at the National Art Documentation Center (RKD), but this institute knows as much as 'de Scheen' and the artists' encyclopedia Jacobs has exactly the same information, so those make us not wiser too. Would Hendriksen not have exhibited in the last decades of his life?! Could the RKD - in the interests of art and artists - not be able to profile itself more actively so that much more information about art and artists than is currently the case reaches this service?